I help individuals, couples, and families
thrive while living life on the autism spectrum
Autism in the Adult
Neuropsychologist, Certified Autism Specialist,
Director, Adult Diagnostic Autism Clinic in Peoria, IL
I am an adult neuropsychologist with a specialization in brain-behavior relationships. I'm also the mother of an amazing autistic son. Before his diagnosis, I knew the shame that comes from hearing others say, "That would never happen in my house" or "Please have his crying better before returning to the infant program." I received an overwhelming amount of parenting advice, but nothing helped.
It wasn't until my son was 5-years-old that someone took a moment to say, "I hope you know you're a good mom." The truth is, I hadn't known that. I was so grateful to be seen and supported during the confusing journey. It was soon after that my son received a diagnosis of autism and our path became purposeful.
My working knowledge of brain-behavior relationships merged with my personal journey. I was amazed to interact with adults in my work setting and realize, "This individual is on the spectrum, but they've never received a correct diagnosis!"
I offer individuals the hope and validation of having a correct diagnosis and a direction to move forward. With accurate diagnosis, individuals can understand how they are "wired," have words to express their needs, and finally feel understood by others. With a correct diagnosis, spouses and children of autistic adults can leave behind the feelings of rejection that have accompanied their confusing family interactions.
I am here to explain complex concepts in plain language. I give you a head start by providing you with the vital information I wish I had known years ago.
As a neuropsychologist, I've served adults and aged adults for more than 25 years. I'm a Certified Autism Specialist and the Director of the OSF HealthCare Adult Diagnostic Autism Clinic in Peoria, IL. I am the author of Understanding Autism in Adults and Aging Adults and Understanding Autistic Behaviors: Improving Health, Independence, and Well-Being.
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