About 6 months ago, you diagnosed Craig with autism spectrum disorder with severe symptoms. Since then, he has moved on from trucks to an obsessive attachment to his iPad, which he has with him all the time. He displays marked hand flapping, which is exacerbated when he is stressed. His speech is limited, and he uses repetitive language. Today, he constantly says, “Happy birthday.” His parents and teachers report that he has poor social skills, shows no interest in others, and has a very limited social network. Abigail has been diagnosed as mildly intellectually disabled (MID); she is two levels behind her peers. She struggles with identifying social cues, which often causes her to present as seemingly immature to her peers. Abigail is biracial; Alexandra and Theo adopted her 4 years ago after having been her foster parents for 3 years.
- Identify one potential psychotherapeutic intervention for Craig and one for Abigail.
- Discuss how you could build an environment around Craig and Abigail that would support competency and augment vulnerabilities.
- You decide to complete a genogram. How would you explain the purpose and function of the genogram to Alexandra and Theo?
- Discuss what information the genogram could provide to you. Explain how that information could be used to develop a treatment intervention strategy.
- Describe how you would support the Kazilieris family. Identify some resources that are available in your community. If the resources are available online, include the links.