Inspired by a sister with autism, another sister who teaches students with autism, and an aunt who worked with students with special needs, I have worked in the autism field for more than 20 years. I have had the privilege of working with children and adults with autism and related disabilities, their families, schools, and other organizations.
Currently, I am a consultant working with school districts to support students with autism, their teachers/staff and families. This gives me many opportunities to work directly with students and also find innovative ways to serve them in the context of the classroom. Most of my blog posts, products and books are born out of experience of what works in the classroom and a need of a teacher or a student. I design and provide professional development for school districts and have presented at a myriad of conferences.
I earned my Ph.D. in clinical psychology with Edward G. Carr at SUNY at Stony Brook in the early years of nonaversive interventions for challenging behavior. I have worked in a variety of settings including community outreach, academia, education, and clinic settings serving individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. I had the pleasure of working for 13 years at Nova Southeastern University’s Mailman Segal Institute in a variety of roles including as the Director of the Therapeutic Intervention Program for children with significant behavioral issues and autism and as a consultant for the Autism Consortium providing consultation and training to school systems across the country addressing the needs of students with ASD. In my last few years at Nova, I served as the Director of Academic Programs and developed, in collaboration with Dr. Kabot, the autism master’s and doctoral course series in the school of education and the applied behavior analysis concentration in the MS Counseling program. When moving to Florida, I also became a certified behavior analyst and am now a BCBA-D—a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral Level.
I have presented to a variety of audiences across the country on positive behavioral support, classroom organization and design, educational strategies for students with ASD, and other related topics. My mission is to develop practical applications of evidence-based interventions in schools and homes for students with ASD.
I currently serve on the Panel of Professional Advisors for the Autism Society. I have written several books that you can find on the book tab and that include books for children and books for teachers and staff. I also teach autism, ABA, and single-subject research design graduate classes at Nova Southeastern University as adjunct faculty. The rest of the time, I write this blog, create products for teachers and families working with students on the spectrum, write books, spend time with my family, and ride my bike whenever I have time.
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