Parents and siblings of people with special needs may find themselves facing unique challenges. From the everyday fight to advocate for their loved one’s best interests to the fear of what the future might bring, special needs families often find themselves in stressful situations. Living in a constant state of stress is hard on the body and mind, but therapy can help. Join us as we discuss the areas in which psychotherapy might benefit family members of people with ASD and things to consider when looking for a therapist.
Amanda holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and has completed a recertification program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In addition to being a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Amanda is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has experience working with both children and adults on the autism spectrum and other pervasive developmental disorders as both an ABA therapist and a counselor. Amanda is pleased to be able to share her experience and knowledge in the Johnson Center’s Behavioral Services program, giving her the opportunity to pursue her passion in helping children with special needs. She is as excited to help the children in the program and their families as she is about all that she learns from each one of them. Amanda comes from a unique position in her education and background to understand the challenges that clients and their families face - developmentally, behaviorally, emotionally, and systematically - to see the patterns and teach the skills needed to improve quality and functioning in all aspects of life.