My therapeutic approach is greatly informed by the work of Stanley Greenspan as well as developmental and attachment theory. Social emotional learning begins in infancy and is learned in the context of the parental attachment relationship. For infants with ASD, regulatory and motor issues impact their ability to attend and receive this learning. This leaves the kid, teen or adult with ASD mystified by the social world and without a map to with which to navigate it.
As a therapist, my role is to assess which milestones have not been met and create opportunities for my clients to be challenged, practice and eventually reach those milestones. Clients with ASD need an approach that is dynamic and engaging, to hold their attention so that the social emotional learning can be fully accessed.
It is for this reason that a lively therapeutic relationship and sense of playfulness serve as the foundation for my work. I build each client's therapy from scratch, which means it is based on his/her individual interests, developmental level, communication style and sensory profile. I notice that when my clients can see themselves in a more positive light and take some delight in their unique gifts, they are much more willing to work on their challenges. I incorporate drama therapy, mindfulness, sensori-motor and cognitive behavioral approaches and welcome collaboration with other providers.