SERVICES

  • Evaluations & Assessment

  • Educational, Transitional, and Vocational Services

  • Therapy and Supports


For more information on how we can build supports customized for various needs, and/or to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with one of our experienced consultants, please contact info@NeurodiversityConsultants.com.

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EVALUATIONS & ASSESSMENTS

Our experienced consultants provide individualized evaluations & assessments for people of all ages. We offer initial evaluations for people of all ages, re-evaluations for those who need one, independent educational evaluations, and other assessments to help inform how to forward toward higher levels of success and quality of life.


Assessment/Evaluation Services: Neurodiversity Consultants include highly experienced professionals to provide a full array of assessments and evaluations, including:

  • initial diagnostic evaluations

  • ongoing psychological evaluations

  • independent psychoeducational evaluations (IEEs)

  • neuropsychological evaluations

  • speech & language evaluations

  • occupational therapy and sensory integration evaluations

  • disability determinations

  • guardianship evaluations

  • vocational assessments

  • transition assessments

  • functional behavior assessments (FBA)

  • treatment planning

  • positive behavior support plan (PBSP) development

  • behavior modification programs

  • determination of eligibility for ADA accommodations for college and/or employment

Assessment/evaluation services can be adapted as needed for special circumstances.

For more information on how we can build supports customized for various needs, and/or to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with one of our experienced consultants, please contact info@NeurodiversityConsultants.com.

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EDUCATIONAL, TRANSITIONAL, AND VOCATIONAL SERVICES

We offer educational support for uncommon situations, delivered in schools, homes, communities, our offices, and/or online. Neurodiversity Consultants provide valuable strengths-based resources to students, transitioning young adults, families/caretakers, special education attorneys, school districts, employers, and universities. Our collaborative consultants from various disciplines have extensive experience working with constituents to design and implement solutions that address the unique needs of each situation. By maximizing public, private, and/or compensatory education funding, Neurodiversity Consultants can help parties navigate often complex systems, delivering a professional and personalized blend of consultative supports that can empower students and those who support them toward higher levels of success.




Free 30-Minute Consultations:

Neurodiversity Consultants is available to review a host of service options to best match needs with resources. Families, self-advocates, professionals, teachers, and others are welcome to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with us. These consultations provide the opportunity to briefly share documentation, history, and concerns with highly experienced consultants, and to develop a streamlined sense of direction regarding support options and other considerations in the future. Topics may include special education, transition to adulthood, social skills development, evidence-based practices, ethical/legal concerns, program development, college/ work success, sexuality issues, training needs, adaptive behavior skills, and more.


Special Education Supports:

Special educators and related consultants can be matched with certain students who are struggling in a variety of capacities, building a bridge to recoup learning opportunities. Many of the students and systems with whom we have worked have been experiencing aspects of school refusal, acute anxiety, fear of school and/or the community, and near-crisis level behavioral patterns that require specialized supports in order to access their educational curriculum, whether in a classroom, home-based instruction, or through virtual online learning that requires additional support. Related services such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, executive functioning support, social skills training, and behavioral consultation are able to be provided remotely and/or on location in schools, homes, and communities as needed.


Transition/Vocational Supports and Independent Living Skills:

Schools and families often struggle to design and implement quality transition plans beginning at the age of 14 years, and have difficulty following through with these plans to successful transition into adulthood. Neurodiversity Consultants has extensive experience in working with individuals, schools, families, universities, potential employers, and other support systems to foster higher levels of success and quality of life for neurodiverse individuals. Evidence-based and evidence-supported curriculum is utilized to structure the development of hierarchical skills in specific areas to scaffold the ability of each individual into opportunities to gain experience and to raise productive output in preferred vocations that can match job opportunities as available. A full PRISM (Path to Regional Inclusion and Specialized eMployment) model can be implemented as needed as well. Consultation can also include vocational workshop curriculum designed and utilized by Dr. Mitchell and Neurodiversity Consultants in collaboration with universities, setting students up for success not just in their educational careers, but following through to develop vocational opportunities and career planning. Consultants provide coaching for resume development, vocational networking, job searching, job carving, job applications, interview preparation and follow-up, and job maintenance once positions have been established. Pros and cons of disability disclosure for ADA protections can also be an important aspect of ongoing career success, so consultants provide individualized guidance on this process under a variety of circumstances.


College Student Support:

Neurodiverse students often struggle to manage an array of challenges with limited supports on campus, or even with remote learning, and often need additional support and guidance to be individually designed in accordance with their self-advocacy. Executive functioning coaches, therapists, and educational/social mentors can match with college students remotely with online videoconference support with screen sharing options to map out a path to success. Consultants can work with existing campus supports and university disability services as available to provide the structure that each student may need to attain their own potential. Consultation can also include vocational workshop curriculum designed and utilized by Dr. Mitchell and Neurodiversity Consultants in collaboration with universities, setting students up for success not just in their educational careers, but following through to develop vocational opportunities and career planning. Consultants provide coaching for resume development, vocational networking, job searching, job carving, job applications, interview preparation and follow-up, and job maintenance once positions have been established. Pros and cons of disability disclosure for ADA protections can also be an important aspect of ongoing career success, so consultants provide individualized guidance on this process under a variety of circumstances.


Assessment/Evaluation Services:

Our highly experienced professionals provide a full array of assessments and evaluations (sometimes referred to as IEEs), including: initial diagnostic evaluations, ongoing psychological evaluations, independent psychoeducational evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations, speech & language evaluations, occupational therapy and sensory integration evaluations, disability determinations, guardianship evaluations, vocational assessments, transition assessments, functional behavior assessments (FBA), treatment plan development, behavior modification programs, eligibility for ADA and college accommodations, and others. Assessment/evaluation services can be adapted as needed for special circumstances. 


Afterschool and Summer Alternatives:

We have worked with regional partners to develop integrated and autism-specific supports to augment current programs and/or provide alternatives for those seeking equal extracurricular opportunities for those with disabilities, in accordance with guidance from the US Department of Education. Neurodiversity Consultants can augment program offerings of other providers to promote the success of neurodiverse individuals in programs that might otherwise struggle to include and successful engage these individuals.


Training Services:

Our consultants engage with a variety of regional entities to provide individual, group, and organizational trainings for educators, families/caretakers, mental health professionals, first-responders, self-advocates, and others. Active training programs include: first-responder training (state certified), special education and IEP development, DIR/Floortime, sensory integration, applied behavioral analysis (ABA), early intervention models, lifespan development, neurodiversity and identity development, sexuality and relationship development, transition to adulthood, and many other topics. Speaking engagements and scholarly collaborations are regularly welcomed. Neurodiversity Consultants also have the capacity and experience to provide consultation and training opportunities outside the Philadelphia region via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, Google Meet, and other platforms as desired. 


Program Development and Consultation:

Having developed multiple leading models for college and school supports for those classified under IDEA’s autism disability category as well as ADA, Neurodiversity Consultants is available to work with existing programs, classrooms, employers, and others to help implement best practices that are specific to neurodiverse individuals. Initiatives for student/employee retention, reductions in referrals to restrictive placements, and reductions in litigation leading to compensatory services have been key initiatives for Neurodiversity Consultants working with various stakeholders.

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THERAPY & SUPPORT

Some areas that we can address through various therapeutic modalities include:

  • Social skills development

  • Neurodiverse identity development

  • Transition challenges

  • School-related stressors

  • Attention and mood fluctuations

  • Behavioral challenges and planning

  • Family conflict

  • Depressive thoughts

  • Anxiety

  • Executive functioning 

  • Bullying

  • Romance and dating

  • Vocational stressors and career development

  • LGBTQ+ identity development

  • Sensory integration and designing sensory diets/spaces

  • Augmentative communication strategies and devices

  • Evidence-based and evidence-supported ABA and relationship-based approaches



Mobile, Outpatient, and Online Therapies:

Neurodiversity Consultants provides traditional psychotherapy as applied to neurodiverse clients (such as CBT, DBT, RDI, etc), family therapy, occupational therapy, speech & language therapy, behavioral consultation, and executive functioning across the lifespan. Our Consultants adapt services to support individuals and families across settings, whether in homes, communities, in our offices, and/or online with telehealth. Our masters-level and doctoral-level therapists are highly experienced in their respective fields, and carry extensive knowledge of autism-specific interventions and other approaches for neurodiverse clients.


Mentoring & Coaching:

Neurodiversity Consultants has a multi-tiered model of mentoring/ coaching that can be adapted to individual needs. Whenever possible, neurodiverse mentors/coaches are identified and matched with clients to provide mentoring/coaching, meeting people where they are and walking them into what the world may have to offer. A multidisciplinary approach can allow mentors/coaches to receive support from masters-level and/or doctoral-level consultants to help map out expectations and approaches to optimize client outcomes. To meet the needs of each specific situation, individuals, families, and others are encouraged to partner with Neurodiversity Consultants whenever possible (presuming consent is obtained of course) in attaining specially-designed goals at school, college, work, community, and/or at home. 


ABA and Relationship-Based Services:

Neurodiversity Consultants contracts with schools, agencies, and families to provide high quality services delivered by experienced psychologists, behaviorists, therapists, and mentors/coaches. Services are highly adaptable to a variety of settings, with an emphasis on multi-systems collaboration and transfer of skills between settings.


Groups:

Neurodiversity Consultants can help design and implement group interventions in collaboration with families, schools, and self-advocates. Neurodiversity Consultants has a rolling admission for interest-based social skills groups and after school/ summer activities. Groups founded upon common interests and activities have been linked to better outcomes than social skills groups designed without special interests in mind. Once a critical mass of similar special interests is attained among a group of 4 or more participants at similar developmental/age levels, groups may be scheduled. These activities may include: graphic art, computer programming, game design, anime appreciation, gaming, dinosaurs/science, culinary arts, film making, Lego design, and so on. Group programming may be located on-site or via Zoom. 


Psychiatry, Medication Management and Developmental Pediatrics:

Although these services are not provided under Neurodiversity Consultants, our consultants often partner with leading regional psychiatrists, development pediatricians, and other medical professionals to facilitate care as indicated. Such collaboration often helps to ensure proper efficacy and better outcomes for those receiving our supports, generally enabling them to be more responsive to services as neurochemical levels are stabilized. Over time, we often are able to reduce reliance on psychotropic medication management as healthy behavioral repertoires are established, and collaborate with prescribers to make adjustments, reductions, and discontinuation of certain medications whenever possible.