I always intend to write about ASCs and online counselling and seem to write bits and go off on a tangent for something else, so I don’t really have anything prepared I can guide you to. There are some odd bits – a page and some blogs on my website. I have attached a presentation I did for supervision – for much of it you could translate supervision to online counselling. It might give you some guidance. Also some thoughts below that form a plan for a book chapter I’ve never (yet) written!
It really depends what you need though. As with anything it is remembering that everyone is different and just because there is a perceived triad of impairment ( I’d prefer similar differences!!) in social communication, social imagination and flexibility, each person will have unique traits and of vastly varying severity. The features of ADHD are in many ways similar and overlap. The same applies to dyspraxia and increasingly I’m finding traits in dyslexia. It is a medical model that considers impairment and difficulty rather than a more acceptable social model that offers difference but equality.
In a nutshell, online counselling can be more effective because;
Sensory overload – no strange or difficult sensory input; familiar environment; ‘white noise’ is eliminated; don’t have to travel to a strange place; don’t have to be ‘seen’, removing eye contact and being visible or be ‘heard’ at the same time (a certain amount of disinhibition here). Emotional Mutism and Alexithymia. Being able to concentrate on words without other distractions. May be absence of language and communication skills – but may have other means of communication or simply not choose to
No strict appointment time – can work online when it suits and build up an e mail or notes over the week reducing anxiety (and doing a fair chunk of the counselling work in advance!) – especially helpful with ADHD.
Online you can work with someone who understands your issues even if they are not in the same geographical area.
Online – counselling, support and emotional therapeutic distance.
Making use of creativity: Second Life and alternate personas – avatar therapy; Work with an area of interest; Escape into a fantasy world where there are successes instead of perceived failures; Practicing socialisation and social skills in a safe environment; Working with how the individual would like things to happen and turn out; Journal and therapeutic writing; Writing fiction – fantasy as with avatar therapy.