BiographyAs a licensed psychologist and licensed specialist in school psychology, my independent practice focuses exclusively on the autism spectrum. In addition to seeing families and individuals in a therapy context, I consult regularly with areas schools to support best practice autism evaluations and classroom supports. I also frequently speak at national and international conferences for psychologists and other professionals.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Autism Conversations: Evaluating Children on the Autism Spectrum Through Authentic Conversations (Western Psychological Publishing, 2010) is my book for autism evaluators.
Family Therapy and the Autism Spectrum: Autism Conversations in Narrative Practice (Routledge, 2016) is my book for clinicians who include individuals with autism spectrum differences in their therapy practices.
Monteiro Interview Guidelines for Diagnosing Asperger's Syndrome MIGDAS (Western Psychological Services, 2008) provides evaluators with a protocol for interviewing children, parents and teachers. The revised MIGDAS-2, Monteiro Interview Guidelines for Diagnosing the Autism Spectrum, includes protocols for adults and for children with limited to no verbal fluency and is currently scheduled for publication in 2017.
Although I have lived in Texas for many years I spent my childhood and adolescence living in Colombia and Brazil and speak Spanish and Portuguese. My paternal grandparents immigrated to the United States from the Cape Verde Islands, and I enjoy cooking Brazilian and Cape Verdean dishes. My husband and I enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures. And, of course, I enjoy having conversations with individuals with autism spectrum brain style differences wherever I go.