“My purpose revealed itself to me in grad school while I was teaching a family strategies to enhance communication with their 4-year-old son Justin who had recently been diagnosed with autism. We filmed a normal activity at home to watch their interactions, mom gave Justin a bath.
Mom started out optimistic as she tried using some of the first strategies we discussed. But as bath time continued that hope faded to frustration, guilt, and exhaustion with every question unanswered, a song unsung, and smile not returned by her son. He was busy in his own world, playing with his toys in the tub.
My heart broke for mother and son. It was at that moment that my purpose became clear to me —I had to do all that I could to help this family connect and stay connected. I needed to help more families to connect to their children with autism so that they may reach their fullest potential.
In STEPPS began in 2010 with an amazing team of clinicians that share that same deep desire to help families. We have helped over 3,000 families, and continue to expand to reach more. We thrive on connections with families, children, and each other to achieve the best possible outcomes. Since that first day with Justin and mom, this is my mission and it is at the heart of everything we do at In STEPPS.”