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ASDspecialist: Barbara R. Lester, LCSW


Barbara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, providing psychotherapy and consultation for children, teens and adults. She specializes in working with those on the autism spectrum or with similar neurodevelopment profiles. In addition to thirty years of professional experience working with hundreds of families impacted by autism spectrum disorders, she grew up with an autism spectrum parent, and has a young adult son on the spectrum. She is a published author, app developer, and blogger and creates YouTube videos about the autism spectrum and other mental health topics. Barbara has consulted internationally with school in Mexico and Kenya about best practices for positive behavioral supports for special needs children, the treatment of trauma,  and  educational programming in low resource settings.

She has a private practice in Salt Lake City, Utah and is also available to consult online on via Google Helpouts.


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  11 Responses to “ASDspecialist: Barbara R. Lester, LCSW”

  1. Hi Barbara,

    I am currently an undergrad psychology student and I was wondering if you would be able to answer a few questions about your iCounselor: OCD app for me? I have been using it in a small scale study and it has been found to be really useful in reducing OCD traits in non clinically diagnosed adolescents. I just wondered if you have completed CBT training yourself? Why did you decide to use CBT methods? Did you complete clinical trials before releasing or use it on any of your own clients? Anything you could tell me about the process of you developing it would be amazing. Thank you so much.

  2. Hi Barbara my name is Jay Sparks I am the father of a 13yr old gifted aspie boy and an 11 yr old NVLD girl. I enjoyed your video about your father. My boy too enjoys playing chess we play a couple of times a week. My sons gifts are also in the memory department he speaks most of the Romance Languages learning French and Spanish from the TV and Italian and Portuguese from friends at school he also speaks German which he picked up on Youtube and we suspect he can read and understand Japanese from his love of Manga. His math skill are off the charts. He is a friendly engaging and charismatic young man. This is not the main reason for writing just a strange coincedence that I found you while browsing some ASD sites. As I said above my son loves to play chess I taught him when he was about 5 as we started to discover some of his gifts. I don’t believe I have actually won a game in 3 yrs. When we play, much to his chargrin, I regale him with stories of the man who taught me how to play chess. A man I watched as an 11yr old boy turn his back to his 6th grade class and play 20kids and beat us all . I believe that man was your father. You father didn’t just teach me chess he was also my language arts and social studies teacher and was a profound influance in my life. My major in college was History/English with a minor in Lit. I can still hear him read Poe’s “Tell Tale Heart”. I was a teacher for a short while and though I am now in law enforcement it was your father who gave me a love of history and literature. I doubt he would remember me I did not stand out in his class which was the last one he taught before he retired. I hope he is doing well if you could thank him as my boy and I’s chess game is a souce of great joy to both of us. And my love for literature and history I have been able to pass on to my little girl.
    Jay Sparks
    Penn Brook Grammar School 76 Georgetown Ma

    • Hi Jay: Yes that is definitely my Dad. I have heard many stories about him reading the Tell Tale Heart in his classroom! It is wonderful to hear from you and to know he had such a positive influence on you :) My dad turns 90 this fall. He lived with us for a number of years after my mom’s death but now is in a nearby nursing home due to his health issues. We see him several times a week and I will share you letter with him! Thanks for sharing your story with me.

  3. Awesome blog!

  4. This is an excellent blog!

  5. Barbara, I work with autistic adults, so I recognize it in one of my stepchildren. How do I present the book/workbook to my 15-year-old grandson so that he can make lemonade out of having a dad with severe ADHD and a mom with Asperger’s? I’m so thrilled to know you are nearby. I’m in Provo. My grandson is in Ogden.

    • Hmmm…. what comes to mind is something along the lines of: “I’ve found a book that describes some things that are true about people with Asperger’s Syndrome. Can we look at it together and see how it applies to our family? I’d really like to know what you think about these issues.”

  6. When is your new book “My parent has an autism disorder” coming out?

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