Barbara Lester

Diagnosis

ASD, ODD or ADHD? Which is the Best Fit?

With certain children, it can be hard to tell the difference between an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). You may see a child with just...
apples for cheyenne

A Charming Story About Autism, Horses and Friendship

“Apples for Cheyenne: A story about autism, friendship and horses” written by Elizabeth King Gerlach and illustrated by Kim Miller is a delightful children's book that touched me on a personal and professional level. I...

Treat the “Symptoms” or Treat the “Diagnosis”?

I often get asked how important it is to have a "correct" diagnosis to treat the associated symptoms, since the symptoms of many diagnoses are similar. This comes up frequently in my office regarding...

Four Second Quarter Classroom Challenges…and Solutions

by Barbara Lester, LCSW School has been underway for a while now - we have just finished the second quarter here in Utah. The best laid plans from back at the beginning of the...

A Psychotherapist’s View On Upcoming DSM Changes

by Barbara Lester, LCSW As a whole, I support the proposed changes to the DSM despite the controversy surrounding the potential shift. About the Clinician or the Client?  My professional experience with the current...