Hello, my name is Shawn and I have an M.A. in Psychology with advanced specialization in school psychology and school counseling. I have extensive experience supporting individuals with Asperger's traits/ASD related issues. I am passionate about advocating for people with neurodiversity issues such as Asperger Syndrome. It is also important to me to help guide and support people who love someone on the spectrum, as they are frequently misunderstood. I have successfully helped individuals of all ages, including college professors, teens, professionals, college students, parents, newly diagnosed older adults, and young children. I am extremely resourceful and keenly aware of many levels of support options in addition to what I provide.
I am certain that, together, we can positively affect your life.
As you may notice, I use the terms Asperger's Syndrome , Asperger traits, and Autism Spectrum Disorder interchangeably. Although technical terminology uses Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome continues to represent the higher functioning end of the autism spectrum which is where I specialize. You or your loved one do not need a formal diagnosis to benefit from working with me--just Asperger Traits.
As a professional, I have worked in the following settings:
- as a school psychologist where I worked with individuals with a wide range of unique needs
- private practice exclusively focused on neurodiversity/Asperger traits.
- founded/facilitated a community Asperger's/ASD support group
- Asperger's consultant to educators, mental health professionals, and parents
I am up to speed with ADA, Section 504 and Special Education laws and individual rights legislation. I am well-equipped to help parents navigate the complexities of having a child with neurodiversity throughout their educational career (early childhood-college).
On a personal note, I was married to my son's father (a civil engineer) for 11 years--long before neurodiversity was well understood. In 2004, my son was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. At that time, I devoured everything that I could find on ASD, attended conferences, consulted with diverse specialists, networked with many parents, and studied countless research articles. I home educated my son throughout his middle school years to spare him peer criticism that often accompanies being neurologically different. I am proud to say that he is a college graduate and successful software developer, and yet still benefits from prompts and guidance.
In my humble opinion, Asperger traits/neurodiversity-related issues are a superpower, or as my son said, at age 10, an "upgrade." Asperger traits are an "upgrade" that can reap life-changing benefits with proper support, commitment to compensatory strategies, and enhanced awareness.
I am very confident that I can help you achieve the goals you desire.