Initiating and maintaining friendships can be challenging at times, and when Asperger’s is part of the dynamic it can feel overwhelming. Most individuals naturally socialize and desire human connection. While this innate need to connect can seem natural and easy, it can become complicated and stressful for those with high functioning autism. Learning to identify specific areas of difficulty is critical in building sustainable strategies that can inform and shape long lasting relationships. With the right type of support and counseling, individuals can effectively develop the necessary skills in order to cultivate healthy and meaningful friendships with peers and colleagues.
Stephanie DeSouza, MSW offers services for children, teens and adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
She has over 15 years of experience working with and supporting children, teens, and their parents. Stephanie is well-versed in working with school and college-aged individuals who struggle with anxiety disorders, ADHD, depression, grief, and peer or parental relationship difficulties.
Stephanie also specializes in working with individuals who have high functioning autism who are looking for reassurance and strategies to enhance their relationships and develop life skills. Stephanie is also the Director of Counseling Services at The Pennington School as well as the director of AMICA, a day camp for children and teens with social skills deficits in Bucks County, PA.