Kim Isaac-Emery is an autism spectrum disorder specialist that specializes in parent training and in work with teens and adults on the autism spectrum. Kim has been in the field of autism since 1997, with experience as an autism therapist and consultant. As a graduate of both University of Maryland and Capella University, specializing in Psychology (B.S.) and Counseling Studies (M.S.), she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. She maintains a professional certification in Relationship Development Intervention™ (RDI®) and has been a Certified RDI® Program Consultant since 2005. While Kim's private practice, Autism with Excellence LLC, is based in Phoenix, Arizona, she also travels to nine different states within the country consulting with individuals, families and schools. Her areas of expertise are Relationship Development Intervention™ Programming, cognitive-behavioral / person centered therapy strategies with children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum, parent and teacher education, trainings, general consultations and program trouble-shooting.
In addition to being a prominent autism consultant and therapist, Kim has presented at autism conferences in Arizona, Texas, Colorado and to general audiences in Arizona, Nevada, Texas, New Mexico, Maryland and Connecticut, speaking on the topics of Relationship Development Intervention, the core deficits of autism, social and emotional development, working with teens and adults on the autism spectrum, building relationships in autism, dynamic and mindful thinking and general support workshops.
Kim is an interactive, growth-focused, therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address core deficits of autism and personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. Kim has been involved in the following therapeutic models: Relationship Development Intervention™ (RDI®), Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Stanley Greenspan’s Floor Time Model, The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Related Handicapped Children (Teacch), Sensory Integration, Facilitated Communication and the National Association of Child Development (NACD) and Son-Rise/Option Programs, as well as observed and worked closely with speech and occupational therapy professionals. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Kim is also the autism correspondent on the "Understanding Autism" segment of Theories of Mind radio show on 1110am KTEK Houston the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Visit Theories of Mind facebook page for links to archived shows.