“There is no prescribed plan or set program in what I do for clients.
I’m listening to hear where they want to go. 

My job is to figure out how to get there.”

Somatic Problem Solving:

Assisting neurodiverse children and young adults progress in their  communication skills, community awareness, self-motivation, and overall independence. These goals are achieved by learning to pay attention to their body's reactions to the environment and stimuli and then adjusting their behaviors and/or the behaviors of others.

As a somatic problem solver, I help my clients achieve their goals in numerous
areas involving work, home, school and recreation.

Reframing ‘Masking’ vs. ‘Functioning’

January 10, 2024

I’ve been thinking a lot about the whole masking concept and the labels “high functioning” and “low functioning.” I am inspired to do a reframing based on a facebook post I saw. The woman in one of my groups said, “I’m ditching the term ‘high functioning.’ It’s just too limiting and doesn’t really fit where…

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Whether the goal was initially described by the client, a parent, a teacher or a job coach, I understand that clients themselves must understand the importance of their actions and what is possible with patience/diligence. I know how to motivate each individual to progress toward the lifestyle they desire.


  • Kitchen skills: cooking, recipe building, menu planning, shopping
  • Chores: making the bed, taking out the garbage, cleaning the house
  • Scheduling: maintaining a calendar, managing free time, executive functioning skills
  • Self-care: grooming, showering, medication

Example: placing marks on the stove and shower, so client can set the right temperatures on their own, allowing them to relieve stress and focus on the task.


  • Communication: interacting with supervisor and coworkers
  • Scheduling: reporting to work on time and remembering their daily schedule
  • Independence: phasing out the need for a job coach by using an iPad to help clients remember individual tasks and related steps
  • Confidence: holding a conversation with colleagues or strangers (learning flexibility and representing their own interests)

Example: Use QR codes to prompt client to implement the correct workflow at each workstation


  • Independence: going for walks, visiting the library or other regular locations; using multiple transportation modes and accessing locations
  • Quality of life: inviting friends for activities/socializing
    Confidence: learning to navigate new spaces
  • Family assistance: helping family members feel comfortable as the client’s independence grows
  • Advocating: Representing a client’s needs regarding an allergy with community members in person, by phone or email.

Example: Shooting and creating videos onsite to later reflect on and adjust behaviors to achieve
the goal. Some clients get overwhelmed in the moment but love watching themselves.


  • Tools: identifying and using the best apps for common tasks, self-regulating emotions,
    organizing easily accessible information for library and grocery discount cards
  • Communication: learning how to email, using word prediction and word banks
  • Independence: calling or texting others by phone
  • Growth: customizing apps (like Prologuo2go) to aid with communication and incrementally
    adapting them into the client’s processes

Example: Creating check-able lists on the client’s personal device, which provided a mechanism for client to start doing their morning routine on their own.

Somatic Behavioral Coaching