Have you or someone you know received a diagnosis of
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder
- Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Have you seen these signs, now or in the past?
- Avoidance of eye contact
- Persistent preference for solitude
- Difficulty understanding other people’s feelings
- Delayed language development
- Resistance to minor changes in routine or surroundings
- Limited interests
- Repetitive behaviors (flapping, rocking, spinning, etc.)
- Unusual and intense reactions to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights, and/or colors
- Trouble focusing
- Physical aggression
- Verbal aggression
- Elopement (leaving home or school without telling anyone)
- Suicide ideation/attempts
- Low self-esteem
Autism, Asperger’s, Development Disabilities & Defiant Disorder Services
Growth thru Change works with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
Growth thru Change values a team approach to treatment. If a therapeutic foundation is not already in place, our esteemed colleague Dr. Matthews works with external providers and social services (school counselors, behavioral health workers, mobile therapists, occupational therapists, behavioral analysts, speech and hearing therapists, and life skills professionals) to establish a comprehensive team to ensure that support is well-rounded and care is collaborative.
Our program takes an integrative approach by involving family members in all aspects of the therapeutic process. Dr. Matthews understands that healing is not for one person in isolation but can only occur when all family members participate.
She extensively trains and educates families to provide supportive interactions that model appropriate behavior and resolve conflicts. Dr. Matthews provides insight into family dynamics and assistance in the development of skills to help the individual adopt a positive role in the family system. Individuals and their families meet weekly in her office or in the everyday environments of the home, school, or community locations, according to the individual’s needs.
Dr. Mathews begins with an assessment that identifies the individual’s strengths, needs, and required adjustments. This framework allows for an integrative, customized, and detailed intervention plan. Dr. Matthews’ evidenced-based diagnostic tools include rational emotive behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness techniques, emotional regulation, stress-reduction techniques, solution-focused interventions, and behavioral analysis and modification. This approach has proven to encourage successful outcomes through early identification, education, inclusion, advocacy, and increased independence.
Our goal is to teach and support individuals (children through adulthood) with autism, intellectual disabilities, or behavioral challenges to successfully function in their daily lives and in the community.
Dr. Matthews holds a master’s degree in Master’s in Education (M.Ed) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Clinical Psychology from Argosy University and a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University and has more than 20 years’ experience as a special education advocate and has consulted in 15+ states as a Behavioral Specialist who understands and fully addresses the needs of children.
Jeanne Matthews, MA, MEd, PsyD