Strategies

As we transition through fall, we have cooler temps, changing leaves, and shorter days.  While we all seem to enjoy the temps and leaves, the shorter days leave many of us out of sorts: lower energy level, low mood, perhaps irritable.  What to do when our Colorado sun shines, but for fewer hours a day?  […]

I am visualizing you writing goals: hunched over your desk, coffee rings on the stacks of papers that surround you, crumpled up pieces of lined paper litter your floor, your hair disheveled.  I see you smiling at a pristine piece of paper with some amazing goals sitting on your desk, illuminated by a beam of […]

Thanks for trying to be more specific with your therapy goals and targets. I appreciate your efforts. I’ll be honest: as a therapist I am ALWAYS trying to figure out what is unsaid in my office, what the client’s (unsaid) goals are, and if there is a way to meet them. I would be glad […]

It is that time of the year when I hear about goals: academic goals, sports goals, fall goals, work goals (oddly, no mention of progress toward New Year’s Resolutions…).  It seems as though every academic class is addressing goals, SMART goals, and aspirational goals in the syllabus.  Guess what?  You should have therapy goals, too! […]

I was prepping to write this to my high school seniors, but let’s get real: if you are a senior sorting out how to apply to college, you are organized enough that you probably don’t need my help.  This post will probably be read by parents, looking for ways to get their high school senior […]

School starts shortly.  I’m sure you have your shopping lists ready: pencils, pens, cell phone chargers, extra long twin sheets (yep, I’m talking to you, college students living in a dorm!).  It is all well and good to have your supplies ready.  Do you have your problem solving skills sharpened and ready? This is the […]

Did you really just roll your eyes at me?  Of course I want to talk about summer goals!  And you know you want to write some.  Remember the end of last summer, when you casually mentioned, “What DID I do with my summer?  So much free time, and I have no idea where it all […]

There was once this notion that we didn’t need to consider dating skills for folks with Autism since they wouldn’t be interested in forming romantic relationships, and certainly couldn’t sustain relationships.  Clearly, nothing could be further from the truth!  My clients tell me they are highly motivated to date, have sex, get married, and generally […]

Many of my young adults tell me they are ready for love.  They are actively seeking dating partners, want to be in a committed relationship, and tell me they have studied how to be a good partner. The stumbling blocks to finding a suitable dating partner are generally the same for folks with ASD as […]

We are in mid-November.  The weather is somewhere between chilly and cold, the trees are bare, and snow is a topic of discussion.  While it is tempting to snuggle deep into the couch, binge watch some shows, and eat carbs (and only carbs), I beg of you: Go Outside. I’m not asking for a major […]