Working together

I promise to meet you where you are today. I am a here to help with diagnosis, treatment planning, implementing strategies, and keeping in touch for regular check-ins. I am blessed to do what I do for a living and honored to be a part of this stage of your journey. 

I recently created this Information Sheet for Rochester Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder to help families "find the right therapist."

Seeking clarity and moving forward

I have been trained to diagnose individuals with autism spectrum disorder and to work with families to understand their child's strengths and needs. My primary goal is to understand your family's concerns and offer a coordinated, focused-next step for obtaining support.

Tests that I administer include:

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - Second Edition (ADOS-2)
    • Toddler Module (12 months) and
    • Modules 1 through 4 (pre-verbal to young adults)
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fourth Edition
  • Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales - Third Edition
  • Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test - Fourth Edition
  • Expressive One Word Picture Vocabulary Test

Please inquire directly about specific assessments when making an appointment.

Partnering with your family to facilitate change

The majority of my training has involved the development and implementation of evidence-based practices for decreasing behavior problems and improving functional capacity for independence (e.g., self-care, social skills). Some approaches I use include:

In addition to the the "identified patient," therapy can also include caregivers, extended family, educators, aides, and other members of the patient's "team." In this way, I strive to provide comprehensive and continuous patient-centered care for people and their families.

One of my patients was chosen as a 2016 Miracle Kid at the Golisano Children's Hospital. Learn more about my work with Daniel.

 

Targeting specific concerns

I work with a variety of children and families to target more specific concerns such as:

  • Toilet Training (evaluating readiness, promoting skills)
  • Sleep Routines (reflecting your family's values and goals)
  • Mealtime Behavior (creating a healthy, enjoyable experience)
  • Community Safety (promoting skills for vacations and outings)

Accepting health insurance, HSA, and fee for service

If you choose to use your health insurance for your visits, your fee and co-pay will be determined by your insurer. Applicable fees and co-pays are due at the time of your appointment. I accept the following health insurance plans:

  • Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Aetna
  • Other insurance companies (as an out of network provider)
  • Fee for service - call (585) 248-8740 for rates