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A Clinician’s Guide to Supporting Autistic Clients

Over 100 Treatment Recommendations and Interventions for Creating a Neurodiversity-Affirming Practice

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Amy Marschall, PsyD
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Apr 09, 2024
PESI Publishing
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How can I best support the needs of my neurodivergent clients in therapy?

Creating a more supportive environment for autistic clients can be a confusing process. With so much information, and so many different perspectives, it can be difficult to know where to start. Further, the mental health field has only recently begun moving away from “treating autism” to working with autistic and neurodivergent individuals in a more affirming way.

That’s why Dr. Amy Marschall created A Clinician’s Guide to Supporting Autistic Clients. As an expert psychologist and a member of the autism community herself, she recognized the need to move away from treatments that pathologize differences and toward a neurodiversity-affirming approach that meets clients where they are.

Inside this new and invaluable resource, you’ll find over 100 affirming tips, tools, and interventions that will allow you to:

  • Honor the language preferences, goals, and priorities of the autistic community
  • Create a foundation for assessment and treatment that best supports autistic clients
  • Correct unintentional harms caused by historical “best practices” in autism treatment
  • Address sensory stimulation and food-based sensitivities in session
  • Facilitate communication among semispeaking or nonspeaking clients
  • Request accommodations when appropriate
  • And more!

You’ll also find a bonus list of resources about autism written by and for autistic individuals.

Neurodiversity-affirming care is not a set of specific behaviors or interventions but an underlying philosophy of honoring each client’s needs today and every day. Let this resource be your guide!




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Amy Marschall, PsyD, is a psychologist, author, and autistic adult who specializes in evaluating children, teens, and adults for autism, supporting autistic clients, and trauma therapy. She is the author of A Clinician’s Guide to Supporting Autistic Clients, (PESI Publishing, 2024) neurodivergence expert, and speaker. Primarily working with children and adolescents, she is trained in trauma-informed care and cognitive behavioral therapy. In 2017, she became certified in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. In addition to working with autistic individuals, Dr. Marschall works with survivors of abuse, families in the foster care system, children with incarcerated parents, clients dealing with high-conflict divorce or separation, and those growing up with other chronic stressors and traumas.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Amy Marschall is the founder of Resiliency Mental Health and has employment relationships with RMH Therapy, Sioux Falls Psychological Services, Spring Health, ADHD Online, A Change for Better, and Mi World. She is a consultant with VeryWell Mind and receives royalties as a published author. Amy Marschall receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Amy Marschall has no relevant non-financial relationships.




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