Support for all members of special needs families


~ Meet the needs of everyone in your family and get the support
you need with an individualized Family Balance System ~


Reading books and blogs and getting advice from others can leave you feeling frustrated and still overwhelmed. I’ve experienced that personally.

You might have come across some helpful suggestions that worked for others, but when it comes to implementing those ideas you may have wondered…

“How does this apply to me and my situation?”

I’ve experienced that, too.


Here’s what actually works:

A customized, balanced system. One that you have a hand in creating – with the guidance of someone who’s been where you are now.


That’s what I bring to the table – my personal experience of over 20 years of special needs parenting with the professional knowledge of a behavior consultant.

Your individually-based Family Balance System will provide you with strategies to emotionally support each member of your family by determining your strengths, challenges, what works, what doesn’t, and many other vital elements that affect your lives and the way each person interacts.


What families are saying:

“I have two children who have special needs and challenging behavior. Tanya is an amazing specialist who I have learned a lot from and who has fought for my kids on many issues. She has helped them get through some very emotional situations with attention, options, and adaptive ideas to show my kids positive and useful ways to manage their challenges. Tanya is a wonderful example of a caring and devoted mother and behavior specialist.” – Stephanie Bartz, mother of two nonverbal children with multiple disorders


“Tanya is incredibly intuitive, and I have seen the advantages in using her behavior techniques. I believe in her ethics and knowledge of behavior modification. Everything she suggested has moved my son to an increased understanding of his environment and abilities. She has also added knowledge regarding the “whys” in his behavior that never made sense before. He now understands he has choices. He is beginning to communicate his wants and needs and beginning to recognize his community and family rather than wanting isolation. He is showing a desire to learn, and I believe he is happier than he has ever been in the past. I can now measure our success in concrete terms.” – Susan Russell, mother of an adult son who has autism, intellectual disability, and a mood disorder


“With your help we have made strides and progress, and negative behaviors have decreased. Thank you, Tanya, for all your support, compassion, and help in so many ways.” – Frank and Diane Gaylor, parents of an adult daughter with autism and anxiety


No way around it – this journey in the Different Lane is difficult, even under the best of circumstances.

Every part of your life is affected by having a child with special needs.

And now you have the opportunity to make some of those parts easier – you can partner with someone who provides the guidance and expertise to meet the needs of everyone in your family.


Ready to make that happen?

Schedule your free 15-minute consultation by phone or Skype!

I’m looking forward to connecting with you and starting the process of improving your journey in The Different Lane.

Email me to tell me a little about your family and I’ll respond with some date/time options.



Please note: If your family is in crisis, this is not the optimal time for consulting as your focus will be on survival (as it should be), and not on going through this program. If this is your situation, I advise you to work with your service coordinator/case manager to obtain help as quickly as possible.


Disclaimer: In the special needs realm, there are no magic wands or crystal balls, and no guarantees that developmental milestones can be reached. (I probably didn’t need to tell you that, but that’s why it’s a disclaimer.) Special needs consulting is not an exact science by any means. In my writing and consulting services you will receive guidance with strategies that have benefited my family and/or the many families I have worked with. It can take a while to figure out what works for you and yours. Every family is different, otherwise we wouldn’t be in The Different Lane! Moreover, I am not a medical practitioner. I am trained as a behavior consultant and as a certified Dual Diagnosis Specialist (click here for more info), but I am not a therapist or counselor. If you feel uncomfortable or unsure about any of the strategies I teach, please consult your doctor or therapist.