About Head Coach Patty Laushman
I am a coach, educator, author, and speaker on the topic of neurodiversity. I understand the impact of being neurodivergent in a world built for neurotypicals. I come from the neurodiversity perspective, and I also acknowledge the challenges differences can pose to daily living. In my coaching practice, I am an autism life skills and parent coach with both personal and professional experience with neurodiversity. I help autistic teens, adults, and their parents develop understanding, set and achieve goals, acquire skills, and ultimately thrive. I provide coaching sessions via Zoom with clients worldwide. Every neurodivergent person possesses a unique set of strengths and weaknesses. We collaborate to identify their top goals and figure out which strengths can be leveraged while also identifying and overcoming any barriers that may be in the way of reaching their goals. Each coaching plan I develop is as personalized as my clients are unique. My mission is to empower my clients to become their own best coaches and coach myself out of a job. I collaborate as part of a team with other professionals and family members to provide the most client-centered solutions to a variety of life challenges. I am a Certified Autism Coach through Asperger/Autism Network (AANE), a 14-year program that has coached 3,000+ teens and adults on the autism spectrum through their LifeMAP (Life Management Assistance) program. I am a Certified Autism Specialist and Board Certified Cognitive Specialist through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). I am ACRE-certified in employment services for people with disabilities (basic level). I am also an active member of the Asperger/Autism Professional Coaching Association (AAPCA), a professional development resource and support for professionals who coach, guide, and advise older teens and adults with Asperger's/autism and similar neurodivergent profiles. Before I was an autism life coach, I started and ran a technology services company which I grew for nine years and sold in 2012. I also worked as a solo sales development consultant for eight years. Coaching is the fourth business I've started, and for neurodivergent clients who are looking to start their own businesses, I am uniquely qualified to be their business coach. My business background is detailed in my LinkedIn profile. I earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado with a minor in music performance. I earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder with an emphasis in integrated marketing communications. I also earned a secondary science teaching license from Metropolitan State College of Denver and briefly taught chemistry in a public high school. I am also a home educator to an amazing, profoundly gifted, multi-exceptional, neurodivergent teen. I live in the Denver/Boulder metro area. In my spare time, I enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer, especially hiking, backpacking, and camping. I love heavy metal music and watching crime and medical television dramas. My favorite television series is Star Trek: The Next Generation, and my favorite movies are Apollo 13 and Titanic. I’m also an avid reader, as evidenced by the numerous stacks of books all over my house.
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