About the Founder of Autism Advisory ServicesWhere people are met right where they are!
Jodi L. Carlton, LPC, M.Ed.
Licensed Professional Counselor, Autism Consultant, MOM (Mother of a child with Autism)
With a teenaged daughter who has high functioning autism (Asperger’s), and over 15 years professional experience in behavioral health, I am in a unique position to help families dealing with autism spectrum disorders. I also have a son with history of epilepsy and auditory processing disorder. Both of my children have sensory processing challenges, as well. Prior to becoming an autism specialist, I worked for over 10 years as a licensed professional counselor where I counseled individuals diagnosed with a wide range of mood and anxiety difficulties before developing an specialty in the field of brain injury and cognitive rehabilitation. I developed a counseling program for the Dublin region of Headway Ireland, the National Brain Injury Association of Ireland in 2001. I also continued my work in neuropsychology here in the U.S. working with clients on issues such as memory, learning, focus, frustration tolerance, emotional regulation, and social skill challenges. These skills have all been quite useful counseling families who struggle with issues secondary to autism (not to mention with her own kiddos!).
Several years ago, I left work to be a full-time mother due to the demands of having two children with different types of special needs.
I have had extensive personal experience, as a mother, with:
- Early Intervention Services
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Auditory Therapy
- Feeding Therapy
- Sensory Integrative Therapy
- Epilepsy (Seizures)
- Sleep Apnea
- Autoimmune Issues
- GI issues
- Food Allergy Concerns
- Vaccination Concerns
- Dental Abnormalities
- Autism Evaluations
- Psychological Evaluations
- Sensory Evaluations
- Mental Health/Psychiatric Evaluations
- Preschool Developmental Evaluations
- Behavioral Evaluations
- Gifted Evaluations
- Autistic Service Dog
- Bullying (Both of Jodi’s children were bullied in public schools. She and her daughter have co-authored a book, “Bye Bye, Bully” which will be released in 2016)
- Resistant family members (denial of autism)
- Teacher/Principals Conferences
- And SO much more!!
In 2014, I founded Aspie Spot, a website that is all about Asperger’s, which was relabeled “High Functioning Autism” in 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association.
My vision for Aspie Spot has to been provide reliable information from a professional perspective, but also as a mother. Additionally, my daughter, Abby, a middle schooler, writes articles and publishes video blogs about her life as an “aspie,” as many people with Asperger’s like to call themselves.
SOME FAVORITES FROM ASPIE SPOT
5 Ways to Kill a Fish, and How it Relates to Aspergers…
No, I don’t REALLY want to kill a fish!! This article actually came to me one night when I was thinking about how sometimes we want our aspies to fit more into OUR way of being. You might think I’m weird, but it reminded me of some things I’ve learned about caring for goldfish. I think if we take a look at how to care for goldfish, we can learn something about caring for our aspies. READ MORE
The Doctor Asked, “Do you have any stress in your life…?”
Today I went to see a neurologist who is a headache specialist in the hopes that she could help with the migraines and tension headaches that have become a part of my daily routine. As she went over my medical history, she came to the standard question that most docs ask: “Do you have any stress in your life?” I laughed and said, “Does anyone ever say ‘no’ to that question?!” READ MORE
Facial Expressions: Abby’s Strategy For Keeping It Appropriate
One of the hallmark features of Asperger’s is a poor social filter. What does this mean? Aspies pretty much put it all out there. Whatever they’re thinking, they say it! They show it on their face! They react with their bodies! As you can imagine, this can be… GO TO THE VIDEO BLOG