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Rachel Bedard

Rachel Bédard,PhD is a licensed psychologist practicing in Fort Collins, Colorado. She uses a strengths based approach and her clients note she has the ability to help them laugh about even the most stressful or embarrassing events in life. Dr. Bédard has co-written two books with her favorite Speech Language Pathologist, Mallory Griffith. Their most recent book is You’ve Got This! The Journey from Middle School to College, As Told by Students on the Autism Spectrum and Their Parents. Learn more about Dr. Bédard and the collaborative books on her website www.drrachelbedard.com and thesociallearningproject.com

How To Get The Social Skills Class Your Family Wants and Needs

How To Get The Social Skills Class Your Family Wants and Needs https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/social-skills-wants-and-needs/

Seriously, what child really wants to sign up for social skills class? In my storied career, I’ve actually only heard one child bemoan, “But Mom, I really need social skills!” The rest of my clients have been coaxed, cajoled, and bribed into attending the initial session, generally to discover that the class wasn’t that harrowing, […]

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Excellent Ways to Transition to the Workplace With Autism

Excellent Ways to Transition to the Workplace With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/excellent-ways-transition-workplace-autism/

One hallmark of adulthood is landing a job. The world of work can be full of exciting possibilities: perhaps your child will be a scientist, an inspiring artist, or the CEO of a breakout company. The progression of work is generally predictable and less interesting than our fanciful daydreams though, proceeding from unskilled labor toward […]

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Dating and Special Needs: Are You Ready?

Dating and Special Needs: Are You Ready? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/ready-for-dating-special-needs/

Most parents of teens tell me they are not ready for their baby to date!  No question, their teens are curious, developing sexually in a typical manner (thank you, puberty), wondering/anxious about dating, and are truly considering the possibility of dating.  Before we get to the horrors and anxieties of dating, let’s recall some of […]

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