"The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better." - Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
As a therapist and mother facing similar challenges as the parents I work with, I see the need for and benefits of parental support. When the parent's mental, physical, and emotional health is supported, they are better positioned to help their children. I support parents with information and tools to decrease stress and mindfully approach the common challenges of raising children who are highly sensitive or diagnosed with autism or ADD/ADHD. When parents learn how to handle challenging situations and practice stress management techniques mindfully, they can then support their children to do the same.
I'm Dr. Elizabeth Joy Shaffer, a mother, occupational therapist, and educator. I recognize the impact stress has on parents and their children who are highly sensitive, on the autism spectrum, or have ADD/ADHD. My passion is helping parents to reduce stress for their children and themselves. Click the button below to see my published research on this topic.
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Elizabeth Shaffer has built an amazing program for parents to learn how to deal with the stress of parenting a child with special needs. Not only is she a rock star in her field of study, but she is a wonderful human being.
Elizabeth is an expert in what we special needs parents need and want, for ourselves and for our amazing kids. She is the full package: wisdom, skills, compassion, energy, dedication--and the most encouraging smile. Thank you, Elizabeth, for who you are and all you do!
As a special educator and rehabilitator, I accomplished a personal and professional transformation when I met and started working/collaborating with Elizabeth Shaffer. Her words and support helped me be more open-minded, have a greater and deeper understanding for parents and their children, and their everyday struggles and challenges. Elizabeth is extremely professional, extremely knowledgeable, positive, and very passionate about her work, and she is able to convey her knowledge and passion to others. Her guidance helped the foundation of our center, one very unique place for early intervention services for parents and children.
Elizabeth has such a wealth of knowledge from her Occupational Therapist training, but also her own experience in raising kids on the spectrum. She always wants to learn more, so she can pass that knowledge on to her clients and surrounds herself with a network of other practitioners who can support her clients as needed. She is such a warm and caring person, she will feel like your best friend the moment you start working with her, and you'll know you are in good hands