Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Salya Namazi, PhD
Co-Owner, The Stixrud Group
Michael Reiter, PhD
College, community college, “gap year,” vocational training, employment, supported employment, therapeutic programming, wilderness? The post-secondary options seem innumerable. Regardless the path, this transition requires a readiness for life and skill development that exceeds the classroom. But how do we know what skills will be needed for any given child? What information do we need to gather, and what information is hiding in plain sight? How do we know they are ready for the next step…and what actually is that next step? Drawing from their experiences with teens and young adults in testing, therapy, and consultation, Drs. Namazi and Reiter reflect on key considerations for that impending post-secondary transition.
Dr. Salya Namazi (she/her/hers) is a clinical neuropsychologist and a co-owner of The Stixrud Group. She uses a neurodiverse affirming framework in her practice and specializes in the evaluation of children, adolescents, and adults with learning, attention, autism spectrum, and neurological disorders, as well as emotional difficulties. Dr. Namazi is a certified Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) professional and a full member of the World Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), and she holds memberships in several organizations focused on neuropsychology.
Dr. Michael Reiter is a Psychologist in Rockville, Maryland who primarily works with adolescents, young adults, and their families in the treatment of anxiety, depression, executive functioning, autism spectrum, and technology overuse. He specializes in helping emerging adults who are “stuck” and struggling to transition to adulthood. Dr. Reiter has a particular interest in the intersections between employment and mental health, and developed an employment readiness group that helps young adults struggling with the social, emotional, and logistical aspects of the employment process. Dr. Reiter utilizes CBT, Exposure, Family Systems, employment and psychiatric rehabilitation models, and is SPACE trained.