Families generally seek my consultation when they have questions about the development of their child's social-communication, self-regulation, or play skills. Some of the children I see have diagnoses such as: Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Others will have no diagnosis at all. Where is the common thread within this diverse group of clients? Comfortable peer interaction is a challenge for them all.
If you have already contacted me by email or phone, feel free to download these forms, fill them out, and return them to me as we discussed..
Because it is so important for you to be able to share your concerns openly and without distraction, our first appointment is scheduled for adults only. In this meeting I will listen to your concerns and ask questions about your child's developmental history. As we talk, I will be forming a context to focus my observations when I meet your child. If you have information to share from your child's caregivers, teachers, or other clinicians, please send any written reports ahead of this meeting so we can go over them together.
The next step in the process is for me to observe your child at play. This typically takes place at the child's school or at another location where I will be able to observe your child interacting with peers. I have observed at many child care programs, preschool, public and private school classrooms. They have always been supportive of my process. Chances are - I've already been to your school!
After your child's observation, we will meet to discuss options for future services. Every situation is unique and I customize my approach to serving each child and family. In many cases, the most effective way to meet your objectives is for your child to join one of my facilitated playgroups. In some cases, it is more appropriate for me to work with your child 1:1. Many families have also found it helpful when I meet with the child's preschool or child care provider to recommend strategies.