I can help you navigate the next steps of life

It becomes a different story as your adult child with autism gets older. You are no longer in intervention mode. You know a lot and are now trying to figure out next steps for you, as retirees and your child as their own person. You may have questions about services for adults, need help discussing the tough stuff with family members, or how to have your adult child step up to more responsibility and social engagement.

I can help you as parents

  • Ensure balance for yourself and partner or friends so you can stay at your best
  • Navigate the sea of information on autism and services, choosing what is right for you and your adult child
  • Push you to think about your own well-being and goals as you enter a new phase of your own life/lives
  • Understand and address challenging behaviors or shut down
  • Determine where you might need to decrease compensations to support responsibility more optimally
  • Understand and navigate supportive living or work services – knowing what to ask and when
  • Be accountable for the plans you create – helping you with follow through and stay focused on the long term vision of balance and quality of life for your child and family

Supporting Parents

  • Self and couple care
  • Understanding the core issues of autism and how to alleviate obstacles to social engagement
  • How to recognize and support regulation
  • How to address challenging behaviors or shut down/withdrawal
  • Leisure – How to help your adult child enjoy a balance of leisure activities along with their responsibilities
  • Leisure – Help your adult child have a variety of ways to destress/calm their system
  • Lifestyle – Bringing your adult child into daily life activities inside and outside of your home
  • Lifestyle – Making daily activities of daily living (cooking, cleaning, laundry) easier and more positive
  • Lifestyle – Providing household responsibilities to your adult child to feel like a contributing member of the family/home
  • Lifestyle – Providing money management opportunities and guidance
  • Work – guiding you to understand and advocate for appropriate goals and support/services and when to pass that responsibility to your adult child
  • Work – helping you and/or your adult child collaborate with other professionals

Support for autistic adult

Every person with autism is different. My service to autistic adults directly is to guide them to understand and advocate for themselves while learning how to also achieve their own personal goals. With adults, I do provide this service as a stand alone support but if the adult is living at home, it is ideal to also be working with those people supporting them as well.

  • Helping the person understand their own autism
  • Guiding them to understand their own regulation and processing
  • Helping them set their own personal goals for their own balance and well-being
  • Transferring thinking and planning to them
  • Helping them build confidence in meeting their own life goals in manageable and achievable steps