I am a Speech and Language Pathologist, and an Autism Consultant. For the past twelve years, I have specialized in the treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. I am employed by the Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders where I work with young children and their families. I involve parents or other caregivers in every aspect of intervention. It is for these children and families that I created this site and many of them co-created it with me by allowing me to post the video clips on this site. I want to thank the Scottish Rite Foundation, my employers, for their support in this project. The video clips are all done during my workday at the clinic.
I was educated at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where I received a great general education but where I got only about two hours worth of information on autism. Like many professionals who treat children with autism, I had to learn how to work with children who have autism on my own. I already had a bias toward using play as the medium for therapy and so I have studied and continue to study therapy systems that employ play. Please see the References & Links page to get a clearer view of my perspective on autism and my professional training and study in this field thus far.
I hope to collect a growing set of games and activities that are fun, educational, and learn-able for both children and adult play partners. It is my goal to have enough of a variety that something in this collection will be just right for the child of every reader. I hope that readers will read enough articles on the website, and watch enough videos to become, eventually original game creators. Most of all, I hope that this website will inspire many wonderful play occasions because play is vital to a child's well-being. Social play is particularly vital to a child with autism who needs a lot of happy guided play in order to learn how to be playful, enjoy others, communicate with others and consider all the social possibilities that exist for us all.
In addition to being an ardent supporter of play as a means for life enhancement and education, I am the mother of four wonderful children. In the picture here, I am playing tourist in Amsterdam and visiting my daughter who now lives and works in The Netherlands. Over the years, playing with my children provided a thousand precious, funny, serious, scary, challenging, humiliating, joyful, sad and wonderful moments. I truly enjoy the opportunity that I have in my work to continue to play with children.
I love to garden, travel, entertain, hike and cook but all of these give way at times to my passion for work in the world of autism--which makes me as single minded at times as the children with autism that I serve. I have never lived anything close to a life one could call "balanced" and this website is only one of my outrageously time consuming projects. My husband, bless his heart, humors me and supports me year after year. The photo at the top is one of of my gardening successes. I am really good at growing flowering cabbage.
I'd love to hear how you are using these games. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment on my blog. I would love to hear about games that you have created for your child. Send me the stories about what you have found that works to engage, delight and educate your child.