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Identity-Affirming Support

for Autistic Individuals

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Consulting

I offer consulting services for parents that have questions about autism, do not want direct speech and language therapy for their child, need help navigating therapy options, understanding IEPs, or advocating for neurodiversity-aligned support at school. I believe that autism is diversity, not a tragedy or disease. I'm here to guide parents toward this perspective so they can fully understand their children and protect their neurodivergent way of being.

Available online.

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Mentorship and Peer Support

Autistic kids need autistic role models. Autistic kids sense they are different at a young age, and they need to connect with others that are like them to develop positive self-perceptions and an accurate understanding of their differences. This mentorship program is NOT counseling or skilled therapy. It's a way for autistic kids to learn about autism and to learn how to embrace their strengths, accept their differences and challenges, and accommodate their needs. Peer support is also available for young adults who need another autistic adult to speak with about life experiences or support needs, or for those who suspect that they are autistic.

Available online.

At Randall Therapy & Wellness, autistic children are not expected to suppress their traits or change who they are. Our individualized therapy sessions utilize the SCERTS framework (and any other pro-neurodiversity supports that may be needed). SCERTS focuses on social communication, emotional regulation, and transactional support (support strategies provided by caregivers or environmental modifications). These sessions are highly individualized based on the child's needs and are conducted in the clinic, home, school, and/or community settings. Ideally, all adults working closely with the child should work together as a team. Collaboration between the SLP, family, teachers, and other healthcare providers is preferred. As there is nothing wrong with being autistic, the child is not expected to change or conform to neurotypical expectations. Adults working with autistic children must be willing to "meet them halfway" and work to understand their ways of experiencing the world.

Comprehensive Support

At Randall Therapy & Wellness, autistic clients are not expected to suppress their traits or change who they are. Speech and language therapy sessions utilize the SCERTS framework and Autism Level Up! (as well as any other pro-neurodiversity supports that may be needed). SCERTS focuses on social communication, emotional regulation, and transactional support (support strategies provided by caregivers or environmental modifications). These sessions are highly individualized based on the clients's needs. Based on current research and the lived experiences of autistic people, it is clear that autistic people have their own distinct communication styles and ways of existing in the world. For these reasons, clients will not be required to work toward neuro-normative goals. Instead, sessions are identity-affirming and they focus on specific areas of need, such as perspective-taking, self-advocacy, communication (including AAC), regulation, and autism/neurodiversity education. 

For Florida residents only (due to speech pathology licensing restrictions). Available online or in-person (for Pensacola locals).