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Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 2002
Post-Master’s Certificate of Autism
Simmons College, Boston, MA 1998
M.S.Ed. In Intensive Special Needs
American University, Washington, D.C. 1994
B.A. in Elementary/Special Education
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Behavior Analyst Certification Board
Fast ForWord Certification, Scientific Learning Corporation
Texas Teaching Certification in Special Education K-12
Massachusetts Teaching Certification in Moderate and Intensive Special Needs K-12
New Jersey Teaching Certificate in Special Needs, K-12
Non Violent Crisis Intervention Certification (CPI)
CPR/First Aid Certification
Professional Experience |
Executive Director, INCLUDING KIDS, INC., Humble, TX, February 2003 – present
Directs program for students ages 3 and up with Autism, or related disorders. Teaching methodology focuses on research based behavioral intervention and instruction, including discrete trial, natural environment training, verbal behavior, social skills, behavioral shaping, augmentative communication, PECS, sign language, preparing students for inclusion, community outreach.
Director of Education, Christian Life Academy for Special Students, Inc., Kingwood, TX, August 2001 – February 2003.
Directed program for students ages 3 – 14 with the diagnosis of Autism or related disorder. Teaching methodology focused on Applied Behavior Analysis techniques.
Principal, L.E.A.P. Program (Life Skills and Education for Persons with Autism or Other Pervasive Behavioral Disorders) at The Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD, 2000 – 2001.
Directed non-public school for students ages 3-21 with the diagnosis of Autism or a related disorder. Program emphasized academic, life, social, vocational and behavioral skills. Teaching methodology emphasized ABA.
Director, Center for Community Inclusion, Humble, TX, 1998 – 2000.
Staff training, ABA direct service for children with PDD.NOS/Autism, ABA home program consultation and supervision, Fast ForWord implementation and supervision, inclusion staff training and supervision, public/private school teacher training.
Intern/Consultant, Lilja Elementary School, Natick, MA, 1997 – 1998
Developed subset program for children with intensive special needs. District consultant and seminar presenter for teachers of students with Asperger’s Syndrome and PDD.NOS/Autism.
Case Manager, New England Center for Children, Southboro, MA, 1996-1997.
Implemented direct service for children with PDD.NOS in Early Learning Program, IEP/Curriculum Development.
Direct Service Home trainer, Northern New Jersey and New York City, 1995-1996.
Consultation, supervision, and direct service (discrete trial, DRI) in ABA home programs and public schools for children with PDD.NOS/Autism, Fragile X, Asperger’s Syndrome, Schizophrenia, language delays. Home program supervision by Lovaas consultants, Alpine Learning Group Outreach Program.
Teacher, Bergen County Special Services, Bergen County, NJ, 1994
Formulated and implemented IEP’s for children with Autism, emotional disturbance and multiple handicaps.
Fields Of Present Scientific Interest |
The affect facial expression has on behavior (Master’s thesis)
The use of language development to decrease aggression
The effect Fast ForWord has on children with Autism
The role of affect in social development
The role of augmentative communication for increasing language
Professional Presentations |
Conference Presentation: “Inclusion: Strategies to Promote Independence”. Presented at the Texas Association for Applied Behavior Analysis Annual 2005 Conference.
Workshop Presentation: “Reinforcement: It’s More Than Just M&M’s and ‘Good Job’ ”. Presented at the Texas Association for Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism Sig Conference Series.
Workshop Presentation: “Reinforcer Assessments and Their Importance in Teaching Children with PDD/Autism”. Presented at FEAT Houston.
Workshop Presentation: “ABA techniques and their effect on a child with Autism”. Presented at The Kennedy Krieger Institute.