About this NT
I am the autism spectrum specialist with Responsive Centers for Psychology and Learning, where I have practiced for four years.
I graduated from the University of Kansas with a Master’s Degree in the autism and Asperger Syndrome program in 2005. I have worked with children on the spectrum for ten years in a variety of settings and capacities, including as a paraeducator, home therapist, teacher, home provider, and community-based specialist.
I teach classes about the autism spectrum at Johnson County Community College and lead a monthly support group for parents with children with autism spectrum disorders. During the summer of 2010, I ran Camp Confidence, a summer camp experience designed to help middle school students with ASD learn strategies to appear and feel confident.
I believe that autism is a diagnosis systemically affecting both the diagnosed individual and the larger family structure. As such, I offer an array of services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. I attend and advocate for my clients in Individualized Education Plan meetings. I work closely with schools to develop intervention plans for my clients. Clinically, I help parents and children on the spectrum to address maladaptive behaviors, anxiety, and social skills. I run approximately 15 social skills groups weekly for individuals ranging in age from four to 25. With my adult clients, I help improve their quality of life in whatever way they desire. I also provide diagnostic services for suspected ASD.
I have written several articles about ASD. I co-authored Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals. I also write the “Ask an Expert” blog for http://www.spectrumconnection.org.