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Barbara R. Lester LCSW

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Barbara Lester Hi. Thanks for stopping by my site! My name is Barbara Lester and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I specialize in working with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. I also have a family member on the autism spectrum - my ninety year old father! I have almost thirty years of experience providing psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults with a broad variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, and behavior and learning problems.

I wrote a workbook for children who have a parent on the autism spectrum, and I have developed apps for smart phones (along with my wonderful husband and son who do the programming!) on anxiety, depression, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, anger, and behavior management. I also have a YouTube channel, ASDspecialist, where you can catch up with me "in person." There I talk about the autism spectrum and general psychotherapy topics.

"My Parent Has An Autism Spectrum Disorder"

My Parent has an Autism Spectrum disorder

My book "My Parent Has An Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Workbook for Children and Teens [Paperback]" is available for order at Jessica Kingsley Publishers, or visit the Store page on this website to order the book through

Discovering that a family member is on the autism spectrum is an experience that affects the entire family, and can particularly disrupt the family when it is a parent receiving the diagnosis. The situation can be difficult to explain to children, especially if a parent has not fully grasped the implication themselves, and any adult facing this challenge will be in need of a helping hand. This workbook has been designed with precisely this purpose in mind. It will strengthen relationships between parents with ASDs and their children by facilitating understanding of behaviour and situations that all the family will previously have noticed but not understood, and shows how to develop effective problem solving strategies. Chapters cover everything from dealing with the initial diagnosis to understanding special interests, difficulties with social skills and figures of speech, and the need for rules and routines. Every chapter concludes with a worksheet for parent and child to complete together, which encourages mutual understanding and fosters healthy relationships. This book is an essential tool for any family with a parent on the autistic spectrum, and is equally suitable for children and teens who are on the autistic spectrum and those who are not. It will also be of interest to professionals and anyone else working with a family dealing with autism.

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