EVALUATION AND DIAGNOSIS
If you have any concerns about your child's development or if you suspect autism, please contact me for a consultation and an evaluation.
EARLY INTERVENTION AND 1:1 THERAPY
II provide 1:1 therapy for children and teens. I use a a blended approach that optimizes each child's outcome and helps them to develop the tools they need to succeed.
RISE AND SHINE
This program offers families the opportunity to begin services immediately after diagnosis. There is frequently a lag between diagnosis and the beginning of treatment. This is a critical window and the sooner your child begins treatment, the better their outcome will be.
LITTLE COAST- PRESCHOOL GROUPS
These groups will allow your child to connect with peers in an enjoyable and structured environment. Most groups have typical peers that volunteer as peer mentors. By scaffolding social interactions children feel competent and successful. The groups are 45 minutes long and are offered to children two to five years old. This group will be the highlight of your child's week!
SCHOOL CONSULTATIONS AND PLACEMENTS
Many parents are concerned about whether or not their child's school is helping them achieve their true potential. I can visit your child at school to observe and provide commentary regarding goodness of fit. Many of the children I work with attend mainstream schools. If there are challenges in these typical environments, I can interface with the teachers, and provide strategies to insure our students' success.
COAST FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS
These social skills groups are for school aged children and teens. They also include typical children that serve as peer models. Children work together to play games, sports, talk laugh and share. These groups are offered weekly and run 45 minutes. There are virtual options available for older children and young adults.
Many parents experience feelings of frustration and become overwhelmed at times. We provide parent trainings on topics of common interest as well as family sessions to provide training specific to your child.
Neuropsych testing can be beneficial for school applications and to guide intervention. The emphasis of my evaluations are to identify strengths and weaknesses and to create a useful set of recommendations that significantly improve each child's outcome.
I created a group at the JCC called Sibfun and ran this group from 2005 to 2010. The group offered a place for siblings of developmentally challenged children an outlet for their emotions. I also work with siblings individually. There is frequently ambivelance associated with having a sibling with special needs and therapy can offer a chance to work though these complex feelings.
COAST FOR ADULTS AND INDIVIDUAL THERAPY
Young adults on the spectrum face a unique set of challenges. I can provide assistance increasing young adults with ASD's independence and help them develop and work on individual goals. I provide psychotherapy that is modified to be effective. Through this process young adults will increase emotional awareness and emotional expression.