CAS, Ph.D., and Neuropsychologist
|Why did you choose your profession?
|I chose neuropsychology as a profession because of my strong interest in how the connections of the brain impact cognition and behavior. I have been serving adolescent through geriatric patients in this capacity for over 25 years. In addition, my son was diagnosed on the spectrum at the age of 5, propelling me into the world of developmental, neurologic behavioral patterns. As a result, I am aware of the substantial number of adults with undiagnosed autism. To serve this population, I have established an autism diagnostic clinic for adults in central IL. I have also written two books (Understanding Autism in Adults and Aging Adults 2nd edition and Understanding Autistic Behaviors) and created courses to teach and equip clinicians on my website (adultandgeriatricautism.com).
|What’s your favorite part about what you do?
|I am gratified in my work when a client and family have an “ah-hah” moment during the diagnostic process. So many who come for assessment have been on a decades-long journey searching for knowledge about what makes them tick. I’m honored to help them understand their nervous systems and provide them with strategies for well-being.
|How has your IBCCES training/credential helped you in your career?
|The IBCCES program allows me access to conferences and education that strengthen my knowledge base in the rapidly expanding world of autism. Additionally, the CAS credential allows me to reassure patients and families of my established skillset and my commitment to continuous growth.
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