Children and adolescents with developmental disabilities often demonstrate challenging behaviors, and can have difficulty understanding and coping with many stressors and events that occur across the day. Parenting individuals diagnosed with autism, developmental delays, and intellectual disability can be difficult, and many parents feel frustrated and at a loss as to how to best support their child. Individuals with developmental disabilities often face anxiety and depression, or engage in behaviors that are difficult to understand. They need care tailored to their specific developmental needs.
I have worked with individuals with developmental disabilities (autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, genetic conditions, intellectual disability, developmental delays) for many years, and treat many of the challenges that come along with these disabilities (behavior problems, ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, etc). I believe change happens when we work with the entire family system by teaching parents effective strategies and increasing positive coping skills and strategies of the child.
I have my doctorate in psychology from Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology and training from Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, as well as experience working in Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Department of Behavioral Psychology and Center for Autism and Related Disorders. I look forward to working with you and your child to meet your treatment goals!