Level 1 autism affects adult relationships and family and workplace iteractions. I'm here because I get it.
I'm a neurotypical who grew up in a level 1 autism family and then, unbeknownst to myself, married a level 1 autistic man. That means I have a lifetime of experience with level 1 autism and close family relationships and over two decades of experience with level 1 autism in marriage.
Like most all of my clients, I spent most of my life not knowing that I was managing so much neurodiverse communication.
And, like many who grew up in neurodiverse families, I have personally experienced a lot of trauma in my life -- all without sufficient support from mental health professionals.
I am the mother of three adult children, have a master's in clinical psychology from Harvard University, and am a trained ICF-aligned coach who supports clients in discovering their own best paths forward. I support my clients as they define and realize their own successes.
I support level 1 autistics and their partners in dating, marriage, separation, divorce and parenting and offer executive coaching services for level 1 autistic adults. I support clients with trauma and emotional regulation self-help tools that supplement therapy from licensed mental health providers.
Professionals support level 1 autistic children through school, but once adulthood rolls along, almost no services are available. Until recently, a majority of level 1 autistic adults were completely unaware that they had autism. As more and more adult diagnoses take place, level 1 autistic adults and their families are still left without appropriate support.
Level 1 has a significant impact on dating, marriage, parenting, separation and divorce. Yet many individuals in neurodiverse marriages (or marriages between autistics and non-autistics) had no idea that one partner was on the spectrum before tying the knot. Professionals, confused by the autism and they dynamics of neurodiverse communication, have offered misdiagnoses and poor advice, adding to the burden level 1 autistics and their family members have faced.
Some of today's most successful tech entrepreneurs have level 1 autism, creating a new world in which autistic innovation has an impact on everyone's daily lives. Yet level 1 autistic executives still struggle with the social difficulties associated with their neurologies, sometimes facing career and family roadblocks that impede the successes they desire.
REAL Neurodiverse seeks to provide services that support these unmet needs.
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