About jaclyn

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Jaclyn Stemen, ACSW

Infants, Children, and Parenting Support

Autism Specialist

University of Southern California

(626) 775-5954


Jaclyn Stemen is an Associate Clinical Social Worker with over a decade of experience working with children, adolescents, parents, and families. Jaclyn has extensive experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum in their home environments alongside their siblings, parents, and other family members utilizing the DIR-Floortime approach. Her work at the Center for Connection is informed by DIR-Floortime, principles of Sensory Integration, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. She strongly believes working with children necessitates working with their parents and other members of family and school/community systems, where possible. She counts parents as her partners in helping children reach their goals. She sees parents who need support for their children, but also enjoys supporting parents who need support for themselves as individuals out of the context of parenting their children. Being a parent is tough, and self-neglect need not be part of the gig!

All people need connection. People desire to feel safe and secure in relationships with others, across home and community environments, regardless of their age or diagnosis. It is important to understand who a person is in their own body (their individual differences in sensory-regulatory processing, in motor planning and movement, in their communication system, and in their emotional experiences and emotional reactivity) and who a person is context of their family systems and larger community systems as a foundational part of understanding the “why” of their current needs, behavioral challenges, relationship challenges, addictions, and/or developmental differences. Without this “why” we are simply treating the symptoms, neglecting strengths, missing the underlying cause or causes of presenting problems, and neglecting to notice important pieces of what makes each individual who they truly are. 

In addition to her clinical work with children and families for over a decade, Jaclyn has experience working with medically complex people and those navigating complex medical diagnoses and systems. She earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in Medical Social Work. She understands that it is difficult to feel safe and secure in a body and a medical system that is not always working for you and she values coming alongside individuals like this to help them figure out how to get their needs for safety and security met in ways that work for them even when they are reliant on bodies and on systems that may not at times.

Jaclyn appreciates travel, steeping herself in the beauty of nature and new cultures. In her free time she can be found adventuring with her husband and daughter, exploring nearby nature, cultural, and culinary experiences and delighting in quality time spent with those to whom she is most connected.