Dr. Katy Dorendorf is a licensed psychologist at Palm Beach Behavioral Health and Wellness specializing in the assessment and treatment of developmental disabilities focusing on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Her training specifically prepared her for specialized work with infants as young as 12 months old as well as toddlers, children, and their families. While Dr. Katy attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, she worked at Chileda, an educational and residential facility dedicated to the treatment and education of children with ASD. After meeting the children and families of Chileda, Dr. Katy’s calling became clear. Working with those children taught her more about life, compassion, and human worth than a teacher in a classroom ever could. The children of Chileda, and those whom Dr. Katy met after, instilled as strong belief that every child possesses their own unique gifts and it is the responsibility of the adults around them to help them share their unique gifts with the world, so that every child reaches their full potential. She believes the changes necessary to achieve this goal can be realized through the patient and compassionate acceptance and understanding of each child’s unique challenges and strengths. Her assessment and therapeutic approaches integrate methods based on research and other complementary techniques matched to your child’s developmental level, personal strengths, and needs to offer a highly personalized approach.
Dr. Katy earned her Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology in the Twin Cities, concentrating in Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychology. She completed an American Psychological Association accredited internship conducting comprehensive evaluations for ASD, and providing specialized individual and group therapeutic services for children diagnosed with ASD and their families. Similarly, her postdoctoral training focused on early intervention and diagnosis of ASD for children aged 18 months to five years. She not only conducts assessment and delivers therapeutic services, but also provides team care coordination as well as consultation with school personnel, community providers, medical professionals, and social agencies regarding the needs of children diagnosed with ASD.