Once upon a time, people used my name – Lynn Adams – and “autism expert” in the same sentence. Not anymore.
I worked as a clinical psychologist for ten years before having my own two children, one of whom might as well have been referred to me. As my kids grew, my self-confidence shrunk, both at home and at work.
I spent the next ten years as a stay-at-home mom. My kids are now 12 and 14, and I’m eager to work again as a child psychologist. But not with children. With their parents.
I’m old enough to remember when parents were blamed for their children’s challenges. Even now, professionals and parents don’t always see eye to eye. And they shouldn’t, because their roles are different. I’ve played both roles now, and I understand that tension.
The interesting part of working with families is finding out what parents do, why they do it, and how it works for them. I worked with one mother whose son ate three Oreo cookies for breakfast every day, and that was okay with her. That was okay with me, too.
I’m here to work – virtually – with any family that wants to take a step back and think about parenting their specific child. I like to identify parents’ strengths and help them remove the many barriers to using those strengths.
I’m happy to consult with families over the long term, whenever they need me. I’m also happy to provide one-time consultations on hot topics. I hope families will use me to help relieve the stress of parenting, as a form of self-care.
In an hourlong Zoom call, I can put my professional and practical experience together to help with a variety of concerns, like:
- adjusting to middle school
- toilet training
- making use of evaluation results at home
- questions about medication
- school decisions
- and getting family members on the same team
Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you soon on Zoom!
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
For a sense of my coaching style, read this recent blog post.