FASD Hope is a podcast about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), through the lens of parent advocates with over eighteen years of lived experience.
Gene Carroccia, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a two-time author, who has extensive experience working with individuals with ADHD, neurodiversity and trauma. Dr. Carroccia has previous experience working with children and teens in the foster care system. He earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL in 1998. In addition to his clinical experience and authoring two books. Dr. Carroccia works at a large nonprofit health care system as a vice president of behavioral health care services. He is also the founder of ADHDology.
In this episode, Dr. Carroccia shares a summary one of his most popular articles, which can be adapted for parents of children with ANY type of neurodiversity or developmental disability... "Five Steps in Finding the Right Specialist".
During this episode, Dr. Carroccia has an in-depth explanation of the 5 steps (as outlined in his article).
Those steps are:
1. Determine the type of provider(s) you need
2. Find potential providers
3. Call providers to explore if they may be the right one for you
4. At the first session, review your goals and needs
5. If you don't find a good match after starting services,
repeat Steps 2 and 3.
Dr. Carroccia provides helpful tips in beginning or re-starting the search for doctors, specialists, therapists, educational coaches and professionals. He also shares how the shift to telehealth services, as a result of COVID19, is a game changer in getting increased accessibility for parents and caregivers when getting an appropriate diagnoses, consultations or services. Finally, Dr. Carroccia gives words of encouragement and hope for weary parents and caregivers.