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Identity-Affirming Support

for Autistic Individuals

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Intro to Autism (coming soon)

This orientation-style class is designed for anyone wanting to learn about autism, from the perspective of the autistic community. Autism is a neurological difference, not a tragedy or disease. Autistic people have much to contribute to our world, but their voices often go unheard. This means many perceptions held by non-autistic people about autism are inaccurate and even harmful at times. Views held by professionals and society about autism often do not align with the real experiences, concerns, and needs of autistic people. Even with the best of intentions, the only way to truly support autistic children is to learn from autistic adults. This class will address many topics related to autism and you will receive resources to help you better understand autistic children (and adults). The only requirement for this class is that you remain open-minded and willing to learn from autistic people.

The goal of this class is to help you move past awareness and instead to understanding, acceptance, and appreciation of autism. By doing so, we can help our children grow up in a world where autism is viewed as a form of diversity, culture, and identity while teaching them healthy coping strategies for the challenges they face.

Available online or in person.

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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, accept, and support their children.

Available online or in person.

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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. 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 or in person.

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 children 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 child'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.