Dr. Araujo has training and experience in the assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. She received her PhD from the UC Berkeley School Psychology Program. Her experience has been with parents and children with special needs, neurological disorders/syndromes and/or trauma history. She spent several years as a school psychologist, gaining vast experience working minority youth and families. She completed her predoctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco in Behavioral Developmental Pediatrics, the Infant-Parent Program and a Violence Prevention Program. Dr. Araujo also completed a joint 2- year post-doctoral fellowship in the Neuropsychology Program at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital and the University of Washington Autism Center. She has been an attending psychologist at the University of Washington Autism Center, the Pediatic Psychology program at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, Seattle Children's Hospital and worked as clinical faculty in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Washington.
Comprehensive assessment of children through young adults (2-25 years) to identify neurodevelopmental and learning disorders or for assessment of medical conditions with cognitive implications (TBI, sports-related concussions, or other conditions.) Such evaluations can also be helpful for students requiring accommodations, clarification of a prior evaluation, tratment planning and assessing cognitive change over time.
Educational consultation can include assessment, review of records and school observation to provide specific recommendations for educational placement, school services, and treatment.
Dr. Araujo uses therapy approaches adapted for the individual and drawn from evidence -based strategies. Approaches include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance-Committment Therapy (ACT).
Dr. Araujo also conducts IQ testing for eligibility into early entrance, gifted schools and advanced learning programs.
Group therapy is a special format in which individuals can observe and practice social communication skills among age-level peers. Dr. Araujo has training and experience in implementing evidence -based curriculums (e.g. PEERS ® for Young Adults, Facing Your Fears ®) as well as other social skill groups.
It is not unusual for high functioning individuals with Autism to be diagnosed later in life, however that is not because symptoms suddenly developed. A psychological evaluation will focus on critical areas of functioning: work/occupational, executive functioning, adaptive skills and relationships to help determine appropriate recommendations.
The high school years are a critical time for post secondary planning for individuals with learning disabilites or autism spectrum disorders. Brief or more comprehensive assessment can support educational planning, as well as identifying accommodations for work or college settings.
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