Children develop in wonderful and unique ways, with many differences in how their brains and bodies are wired. Diagnoses like ADHD, autism, dyslexia, sensory processing disorder, and dyspraxia all fall under the umbrella of being neurodivergent. Neurodivergence is based in science and brain imaging; it recognizes the very real differences in the way our brains process information, communication, and emotion. Neurodiversity is also based in the lived experiences of neurodivergent individuals, as they experience the world in various patterns of attention, information, strengths, and perspectives. We know that there is nothing “wrong” with a child or individual whose brain works differently from someone who is considered neurotypical. Differences are most certainly not defects. Our practice focuses on the strengths, gifts, felt experiences, and unique perspectives of neurodivergent individuals themselves as we work together. In fact, we recognize that many autistic individuals prefer to be called by identity-first language (autistic person) instead of people-first language (person with autism) and we follow their lead in our practice. We are proud to be a practice that affirms and celebrates neurodiversity.
When a child has been diagnosed with a neurocognitive disorder or other neurological diagnosis, it can feel overwhelming as a parent, especially in a world in which entire systems are made for neurotypical children. Our practice supports parents as well as those neurodivergent children who need a place to process, learn, grow, and work through their own mental health growth opportunities.
With backgrounds that include teaching special education and extensive training and experience in children’s development, parenting, and positive discipline, Doran and Kat work collaboratively with each child, starting exactly where the child is and working directly with how they think and feel. We emphasize emotional regulation skills, tuning in to the body, and the power of play and expressive arts to heal and grow.
We have experience and training involving the following diagnoses: