Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complicated brain disorders that often makes it hard to communicate with and socially interact with others. The symptoms and severity of autism spectrum disorders vary widely, but most types affect a child's ability to connect with people. Autistic children may have trouble developing language skills (or not develop them at all), exhibit repetitive behaviors, and appear uninterested in the world around them. As they grow, children with autism have trouble recognizing social cues, like facial expressions, which makes it difficult for them to interpret what others are feeling or thinking. ASD appears in early childhood and, for many, the struggle to relate to others is a life-long battle. While there is no cure for autism, behavioral therapy is often a critical part of the treatment plan and can help the child develop social and language skills. Parents and siblings of children suffering from autism can also benefit from therapy to help them develop healthy and supportive ways of coping.

Local experts in Autism

Dr. Ryan Lloyd

Clinical Psychologist

I have completed specialized training in the evaluation and assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). I have completed over 100 ASD assessments and can evaluation children as young as 18 months all the way to adults.

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Amanda Fitzpatrick (She/her/hers)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

Couples (neurotypical and neurodiverse) who have had a child diagnosed or suspect that their child could be diagnosed autism experience tremendous stress and general lack of community support. I support couples who are working hard to be advocates for their kids and balance home, work, and personal lives. I am deeply invested in this work and will support couples at any stage in their journey.

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Emily Haygeman (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

PhD

I have over 10 years of experience working with children, teens, and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have conducted ABA therapy as well as research through the University of Utah's Autism Research Program. I have led myriad social skills groups, including the PEERS curriculum. I am an expert in the assessment and evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disorders.

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Roxana I Nedelcu

Clinical Psychologist

PhD Licensed Behavior Analyst

I have 19 years of experience working with children with autism. My style of therapy is very effective at improving language skills in children with autism such as self-expression, descriptions of situations, question asking and answering, and many other aspects of language. I also have both research and clinical experience with helping parents become successful teachers and interaction partners.

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Brad Poser, MS, CRC

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I have ten years of experience working with individuals with autism. My specialty is helping parents understand and relate to a child with autism. I also have experience assisting individuals with autism who are struggling with anxiety or frustration

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Kimberly Zeszutek, LPC (She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

Since 2007, I have developed a style of skill building and supportive therapy for those who identify with Neurodiversity and the Autism Spectrum. Many of these individuals have had to navigate against the grain of a neurotypical societies expectations. My goal is to assist individuals to become empowered by their neurodiversity, and to apply their value and strengths towards their personal goals and to over all positive growth of society.

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Catherine Lazen (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

M.Ed, MSW, LCSW

I have specialized training to support children and families in the home and school setting to support children on the autism spectrum (including Aspergers). I provide counseling and social/emotional skills training to help children and adults with relationship/social challenges. l also advocate for academic supports (IEP, 504) in school settings.

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Sarah Hart

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

Therapy for Autistic people and those who love them. I work from a strengths-based perspective to help Autistic people develop a healthy identity and work with the challenges of being neurally diverse in a world that privileges the neurotypical.

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