Welcome and thank you for your interest in my practice. My name is Dr. Terry Matteo. I am passionate about working with children and adults on the Autism Spectrum and using a strength based, evidence-based approach to assessment and treatment. I believe early identification is key because it is in these critical first few years of life that we can make the most impact and change lives. Helping to support a child's development, increasing a parent's understanding and insight into their child's behavior, and working with adults and their loved ones to strengthen relationships is one of the most important reason for a thorough diagnostic assessment. And because of my personal experience with autism (having a niece who was diagnosed with autism at two years of age), I am extremely committed to making a difference in the lives of children and adults with autism and their families. Here is a little more information about my background.
I have over 20 years experience working with young children with developmental disorders and other related psychological conditions. I am currently a member of the Governor of Arizona’s ASD Advisory Committee and provide diagnostic services and treatment to very young children with autism at Southwest Human Development. In my private practice - I focus on diagnostic assessments for autism in older children (over five years) and adults. I have also provided diagnostic services at SARRC, Southwest Human Development, and A to Z Therapies, an AzEIP provider. I was previously the director of the Children’s Developmental Center at Easter Seals/Southwest Human Development and worked with Danny Kessler, MD and other developmental specialists on a multidisciplinary diagnostic team for several years. I have been a licensed psychologist for 20 years and have specialized in developmental and psychological assessments of young children; trauma and attachment work with young children; and the early detection and treatment of autism. I also completed training in DIR/Floortime and hold a certificate to practice DIR/Floortime with young children and their families. I also hold an advanced clinical certificate in Infant/Family Practice from the Harris Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Institute at Southwest Human Development, one of 22 programs around the country – focusing on Infant Mental Health and Child Development. Prior to moving to Arizona 8 years ago, I served as one of the clinical directors at Child Haven, Inc., a nonprofit children’s mental health and developmental clinic in Fairfield, California.
As part of my doctoral training, I completed an internship in the Department of Psychiatry at California Pacific Medical Center's Adolescent Day Treatment Center; an APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at the Pasadena Child Guidance Clinic (now Pacific Clinics); and a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF's Children’s Hospital Oakland. Prior to my training in psychology, I worked as a clinical dietitian in large teaching hospitals on the East and West Coasts.