A: I will speak with you first, see your child, and then let you know my impressions. You will likely hear new insights about your youngster.
A: I regularly see Asperger?s young adults in their 20s and 30s with the goal of establishing healthy relationships. I have seen adults well into their 60s who have learning issues. I work with those who are concerned with relating well to their children or grandchildren, as well as those wanting a healthy romantic relationship for themselves. From time to time, I will see a parent of the child who was my original client.
A: Yes. I visit schools all the time. In fact, I am often the person who initiates the visit.
A: Asperger’s Syndrome is named after Hans Asperger, who was an Australian pediatrician. He originally diagnosed “autistic psychopathy”. He died in 1980. Asperger Syndrome, Aspergers Syndrome, and Asperger’s Syndrome are all bonafide, and all have been used on this site for the sole purpose to confuse the reader.
Any or all of these questions, among others, will be addressed in the first session, specifically for your child.
A: The evaluation I do is usually quite different from those done by the school, psychologists, and other institutions.
A: Seeing your child once a week is usually enough to see significant progress.
A: Yes. This can range from making suggestions for a specific situation at home to an intense parent training program.
A: I would demonstrate various techniques, show you video clips of your child in session, observe you working with your child, and provide ongoing guidance.
A: Usually 3-5 sessions
A: Feel free to email me to set up a free 15 minute telephone consult. There are separate fees for the office initial consultation (1.5 hours) and the evaluation.
A: Yes! The best way for family members to be involved with helping the child (say a parent in a separated relationship) is for them to bring the child to a session.
A: One of the biggest areas of neglect on the part of the system is what the sibling of a youngster with autism goes through. I routinely speak with siblings and answer their questions. Siblings often want to help but do not know what to do. When they find out what they (and their friends) can do to help, it often relieves some of the frustrations and resentments that build up.
A: After I get to know your child and know how he or she will improve, I can share this information with anyone, including teachers. I will sometimes take video clips of the sessions and present them (with your permission) to the teachers or staff. My suggestions often help teachers become better teachers for all their students.
A: Yes. You will be well-prepared for the IEP meeting and what needs to be done for your child. I can go with you to the meeting. If necessary, I work with an education lawyer who could take on your case, usually at no charge.
Get permission from your daughter to bring your grandchild to me. Many parents feel that they have tried “everything” and have no time for “this sort of thing” anymore. After they start to see the results, they will want to meet me and be more involved with the further improvement.
Email me your question if I did not answer it. Perhaps I will put it up on the site!