In my 25 years of experience, I have worked with hundreds of families, typically after they have attempted more traditional approaches without finding the results they were looking for. Parents find my services helpful who are looking for something new and to develop the necessary tools themselves.
Sometimes in this field, we professionals become to entrenched in sounding good without doing what’s best for the child. My program strives to be different and provides a play-based pathway to communication skills for younger children and a methodology based on self-awareness for adolescents and adults. Sessions run 55 to 60 minutes each and I work 1:1 with each client or parents to give them my undivided attention while using individually-tailored and concrete strategies.
I hold an M.A. in Education and am board-certified in behavior analysis (BCBA) from the University of Saint Joseph in Hartford, CT. I have served people with autism of all ages—infants, adolescents, and adults—and of varied abilities for 25 years. After enjoying a Connecticut-based practice for the last 20 years, I am now supporting families in the San Francisco Bay Area with an office in Noe Valley and group classes in Bernal Heights.
I believe in a child-first approach that allows for growth and communication through play and shared experiences. Using the Vogl Method for Autism, I focus on behavioral issues, speech, eye contact, social skills, academic success, and independence through the passions of the children and individuals I serve. Obviously, there are many topics taught that overlap into other ages and levels of severity, but this will hopefully give you some idea of what you can expect.
Ages 1 to 6 years – Playroom design and support
Hands-on parent training on
Intensive speech and language training and modeling
Programs for all levels designed
Ages 7 to 12 years – Parent training on behavior challenges
Social skills training through hands-on games with
School communication and planning for bullying issues
Speech and language training for child and parent
Ages 13 to Adulthood – Identify blockages in school or employment
Counseling for various challenges
Planning for life goals
Communication (with permission) with parents