Who I Can Help
Autism & Related Disorders
Autism Spectrum is a neurodevelopment disorder, or "brain style", comprised of differences in social communication, interests, and behaviors (sensory exploration of items, preoccupation with parts of items or how items work, repetitive behaviors, routine driven). Autism can be identified as young as 12 months of age in many cases. Early intervention has shown to be quite beneficial for children with Autism, so the earlier a child can be diagnosed, the better. Unfortunately, Autism is often missed early in life as some providers encourage parents to "wait it out". A skilled specialist is often needed, especially in the early years of life for accurate assessment and diagnosis.
ADHD & Learning Differences
ADHD is a neurodevelopment disorder that, at it's core, is a disorder of self-regulation. Contrary to popular belief, not all children with ADHD are "hyper" or "distractible." Often times, children with ADHD present with difficulties with organization, planning, problem solving, task initiation, social interactions/relationships, and difficulties with emotion regulation, among other executive functioning difficulties. Other learning differences that can be identified with comprehensive testing include reading (e.g.. dyslexia), writing, and math learning disorders.
Selective Mutism (SM) is an anxiety disorder wherein an individual experiences severe anxiety when expected to speak. Despite appropriate verbal behaviors in situations wherein the child is comfortable, such as with family at home, often fails to speak in other situations when expected (e.g., school). This behavior persists after being allowed time to adjust to novel settings (such as when starting a new school). Treatment for Selective Mutism involves systematic exposure to anxiety provoking situations. A crucial component of treatment involves educating parents, teachers, and other adults in the child's life so they can support the child's use of "their brave" across settings.