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About Tamara

 Welcome, and thank you for taking a look around CReW!  I founded this organization to provide much-needed support for teens and adults on the autism spectrum.  As the mom of a young adult on the spectrum, I am painfully aware that services for autism are severely lacking after childhood!  So, I decided to do something about it.  



 

I am a professionally trained Life Coach, Certified Youth Mentor and Coach and Certified Youth Leadership Coach, specializing in evidence-based, clinically-proven, life, education, career, commitment and motivational coaching services for teens and adults on the autism spectrum and their families. 

I have over 30 years-experience as a mentor and over 50 years direct, personal experience of close family relationships with children and adults on the autism spectrum. I am a mom to a young adult on the spectrum, and step-mom to 4 adopted children, 3 with special needs. 


I have parenting and mentoring experience with the following life circumstances:


  • Autism Spectrum Disorder 
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • ADHD   
  • Anxiety Disorder 
  • Adoption 
  • Attachment Disorder  
  • Bipolar Disorder 
  • Bullying  
  • Conduct Disorder 
  • College Planning & Financing
  • Depression 
  • Divorce  
  • Domestic Violence 
  • Gender Fluidity/LGBTQ issues
  • Home Schooling 
  • IEPs/504s/Special Education 
  • Inter-Racial Families 
  • Learning Disabilities 
  • PTSD 
  • Step-Parenting 
  • Single Parenting  
  • Therapuetic Boarding Schools


I hold an undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and a graduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and have retired from a long career in the technology sector where I spent 30+ years working with,   buying, selling and starting new businesses in Internet communications technologies.  In addition to my family connections to the autism spectrum, my high-tech career gave me the distinct pleasure to be in close relationship with, and grow to have great respect for, many scientists and technologists who shared many characteristics of those on the spectrum. My eclectic background, training, and rich parenting experience has enabled me to develop an approach to coaching that incorporates principles and practices based upon evidence-based strategies and enriched by the experience of living, partnering and parenting well with people on the autism spectrum for nearly half a century.  I combine all of these perspectives with the conviction that we are all Creative, Resourceful and Whole. 


While my approach to coaching uses some of the latest techniques and concepts from brain science and psychology, I am not a therapist and I am not practicing psychotherapy using these techniques. Many different therapeutic techniques can be adapted for coaches and coaching clients, and I continually work to integrate the latest, proven techniques into my work.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as other therapies, are often indicated for people on the autism spectrum.  Coaching should be used as an addition to, not a replacement for, these therapies.