About Teva's Education and Experience
I am a former child therapist who provides autism parent training, group education, and support to parents of differently wired youth.
My work is grounded in a relationship-based, developmental approach with an emphasis on prevention of childhood mental health issues.
My areas of focus are respectful parenting & autism, navigating the 'culture war' while raising children, and homeschooling/unschooling differently wired kids.
Here for you!
Neurodiversity + Autism
I was inspired to focus my practice on differently wired kids when I became a mother to a mover and a shaker. I noticed a gap in knowledge and dignified treatment of autistic, highly sensitive and "spirited" kids, so I made it my mission to help turn things around within the field of mental health.
When I opened my child therapy practice I learned there was a need for parental care, education and support. I pivoted my approach to more broadly assist parents.
Autism + Gender Diversity
I've made a few waves due to sharing publicly my concern about pediatric gender transition. The topic of gender is directly related to the ethical treatment of autistic and traumatized youth.
I am passionate about children thriving in educational settings. I believe out-of-classroom and self-directed education is one way to foster optimal mental health and protect children's natural creativity. Many parents are dissatisfied with the school environment and seek my help.
I live in Southern California and homeschool my daughter in a beautiful little corner of the universe.
Vanessa is my right hand gal and research assistant! She keeps the information used in course creation up-to-date with high quality scholarly literature. She maintains the Amazon Shop and other tech. Vanessa is a creative psychology geek who is pursuing higher education while running a super cool online merch store.
Children's Mental Health
I am interested in prevention. I help parents understand protective and risk factors. Childhood matters.
Good enough parenting
Imperfection in ourselves and our children is normal and ok. We extend grace to ourselves and our kids.
Unschool & Homeschool
Honoring children's differences and fostering mental wellness means being intentional about their educational environment.
"Your page literally makes me feel sane. I am grateful for everything you talk about. It's sort of a scary place for parents right now and having influencers like you not shy away from difficult topics is so valuable. Thank you!"
"Just wanted to say that I am so grateful for your courage and obvious compassion for our kids. You are doing meaningful work!"
Master's of Social Work // Azusa Pacific University
Certified DIR Floortime Practitioner // ICDL
Certified Autism-Informed Professional // PESI
Certified Trauma Professional // PESI
Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment // SMART Moves LLC
Autistic Mental Health and Well-being // Judy Endow, LCSW for Autism Society
Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders // Postpartum Support International
Early Child Development
Co-led developmental play groups
- Constructed sensorimotor play space
Facilitated psychoeducational parent groups
Facilitated maternal mental health postpartum support groups
School-based Developmental Disabilities
Therapist on IEP team for social emotional goals
Advocate for neurodivergent students
Consultant for parents & multidisciplinary team
- Contractor with underserved school districts
Foster Youth, Trauma & Parenting
Provided psychoeducation for parenting abused & traumatized children
Supervised visits with biological parents and coached parents on attachment
- Supported foster families during adoption planning & finalization
Wrote and evaluated Home Studies for County Child Welfare & non-profit
Private Practice Psychotherapy
Trauma-informed play therapy and talk therapy for youth
Parent psychotherapy & Maternal Mental Healthcare
DIR Floortime, TF-CBT & Autism specialized support
Advocacy for children & parents
Education & Coaching
Autism Parent Training
Group coaching parent membership
Autism & Neurodiversity guest speaker
- Children's mental health consulting
- Unschooling course creator