Free Training!

Did you know that a large percentage of females on the spectrum are often undiagnosed, misdiagosed, and/or diagnosed at a later age than their male counterparts?

This online (free!) training, hosted by UC Davis’s MIND Institute, focuses on the female experience with autism and ADHD. Topics include:

-Camouflaging in Autistic Women

-Autism and ADHD in Girls and Women: One or the Other, or Both?

-Life on the Spectrum: Women Sharing Their Unique Experiences

Details: 8/7/2020 11am-2:45pm

Register here (CEUs are offered):

A new training from PEERS!

I am not affiliated in any way with PEERS, other than as a certified trainer. The purpose of this post is to spread information about a program I believe in. I do not currently have any groups running, but if you would be interest in a social skills group for your adolescent with ASD, please reach out!

UCLA PEERS® Clinic is excited to announce the PEERS® Dating Boot Camp on October 12-13, 2019! 

We still have spaces left in our Boot Camp next weekend! Please feel free to share this flyer with anyone who might be interested!

*Open to all including teens, adults, families, practitioners and educators*

PEERS® Boot Camps are designed to teach evidence-based social skills to anyone interested in learning more, including teens, adults, families, practitioners, and educators. Attendees are presented with targeted skills through didactic instruction, role-play demonstrations, and have the opportunity to practice the newly-learned skills through behavioral rehearsal exercises. During these behavioral rehearsals, attendees are divided into small breakout groups to practice with direct coaching from our treatment team. PEERS® Boot Camps will be led by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, founder and director of the UCLA PEERS® Clinic. Please note if you already have gone through the PEERS® program, Boot Camps will serve as a “booster session.” All material covered will be directly from the PEERS® for Young Adults curricula!

The following topics will be covered:

  • Letting someone know you like them
  • Flirting
  • Choosing appropriate people to date
  • Online dating
  • Asking someone on a date
  • Accepting rejections
  • Turning someone down
  • Planning and going on dates
  • Dating do’s and dont’s
  • Handling pressure from partners

Cost of attendance: $500 per attendee 

Dates: October 12-13, 2019

Time: 9am-3pm

Hi Y’all!

Our last winter in California

Dustin and I and our three girls moved to The Woodlands, TX from Redondo Beach, CA in July 2018. While we loved the California weather and views almost as much as we loved our California family and friends, we just felt called to make a change. Being a Louisiana girl, it wasn’t such a huge transition for me, but for my California born and bred husband and daughters, it was such a brave leap. And just like that, they’ve adjusted to Texas living and hospitality and it is more than we asked for.

After working in the public school system for over 15 years, both of us discovered that we were even more fulfilled in helping families outside of the classroom. We decided that when we got to Texas we would focus our energy on family centered intervention and in January of 2019 we developed Best Practices. We are currently in our early stages of figuring out how to get in network with insurances and how our model can best meet the needs of our community. So any input from you is always appreciated.

A bit about us: Dustin was born and raised in Southern California. He attended UCLA for undergrad, receiving his advanced degrees from Cal State LA. He is a die hard Bruins fan, especially UCLA basketball. I was raised in Louisiana and attended LSU for undergrad (Geaux Tigers). After graduation, I thought I might go spend some time in Los Angeles and see what that was like, and within a year I met Dustin and was introduced to Occupational Therapy. We applied to our graduate programs at the same time and got married in the process, in 2006. We have three amazing girls. Our twins, Avery and Finley, are 9, and our “baby”, Mackenna, is 8. We also have a cockapoo (Gumbo) and a puppy golden retriever (Dude).

We have learned so much from having three kids. Especially since they are each so very different. They teach us that even though children may be raised in the same environment with the same parents and same expectations, each may require a completely different approach. That being said, they keep us on our toes, but also keep us in stitches. Currently, our home life is filled with gymnastics, dance, and horses. And dogs. It’s busy and loud, but also very fun.

Now that I’ve provided a little background about us, we are going to use this blog to post resources, information, and thing of interest that come about while working with kids. I’m a bit nerdy and get really excited about sensory integration and behavior and sometimes I’m dying to share.

First day of school in Texas