Help from Autism Behavioral Experts

BEHAVIORAL

To help those on the autism spectrum manage behaviors through various techniques and approaches

Paula Aquilla

Paula Aquilla is the mother of two teenagers and lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and has been practicing occupational therapy in community, clinic, school and home based settings for 22 years. Paula is a co-author of the book Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration and has contributed to several other publications. She teaches throughout North America. She is a thesis writer in the Canadian College of Osteopathy and hopes to complete her formal osteopathic studies in 2010. Paula brings warmth and enthusiasm in her work with children and their families.

Tony Attwood

Tony Attwood is a practicing Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the field of Asperger’s Syndrome. For the last 25 years he has met and worked with several hundred individuals with this syndrome, ranging widely in age, ability and background.

Beth Aune

Beth Aune is the owner-therapist of Desert Occupational Therapy for Kids, a pediatric outpatient clinic. Beth and her team of dedicated and passionate professionals provide assessment and intervention for at-risk children with a variety of diagnoses, including: autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, feeding dysfunction, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy and others. Beth is a co-author of Behavior Solutions for the Inclusive Classroom (2010), and Behavior Solutions in and Beyond the Inclusive Classroom (2011).

Jed Baker

Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, an organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center and several other autism organizations.

Catherine E. Rice

Dr. Catherine Rice, an Epidemiologist and Developmental Psychologist, has influenced people with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) through her research, training, and teaching for around 20 years. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Emory University and went on to earn a Ph.D. from Boston College in Developmental Psychology. In 2008, she was named the Autism Society of America Professional of the Year. Her work with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is in the Prevention Research Branch.

Carol S Kranowitz

As a music, movement, and drama teacher for 25 years, Carol observed many out-of-sync preschoolers. To help them become more competent in their work and play, she began to study sensory processing and sensory integration (“SI”) theory. She learned to help identify her young students’ needs and to steer them into early intervention. In her writings and workshops, she explains to parents, educators, and other early childhood professionals how sensory issues play out – and provides enjoyable sensory-motor techniques for addressing them at home and school. Carol is best-known for her first book in the “Sync” series, The Out-of-Sync Child.

Catherine Faherty

Catherine Faherty is an autism author, trainer, teacher, and consultant and the author of four books, one of which was honored as the Autism Society of America’s 2009 Outstanding Literary Work. She worked as an autism specialist with the internationally recognized TEACCH program in North Carolina for more than two decades from 1990 to 2012 as a parent consultant; child and adult therapist; consultant to school programs; trainer of teachers and other professionals locally, nationally,and internationally; and facilitator of social groups for adults on the spectrum, along with support and education groups for parents and family members.

Geraldine Dawson

Dr. Geraldine Dawson earned her Ph.D. in Developmental and Child Clinical Psychology at the University of Washington. After serving as the Chief Scientific Officer for the past six years at Autism Speaks, Dr. Dawson is now Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. She is also the clinical and scientific leader of the Autism Program at Duke. Dr. Dawson was responsible for co-developing an early autism treatment model called the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM).

Elizabeth K. Gerlach

Elizabeth King Gerlach is an award-winning author who lives in Oregon with her husband and black Labrador. She is the mother/stepmother to four great young men. Her latest efforts include two children’s books. For the book “One Lucky Flower,” Gerlach has teamed up with illustrator and designer JeanYates to create a story filled with courage and cupcakes. “Apples for Cheyenne: A Story About Autism, Horses and Friendship,” was illustrated by Kim Miller, a young woman with autism.

Hinds Marcia

Marcia Hinds wrote I Know You’re In There – Winning Our War Against Autism. This inspirational book is the story of her son’s recovery. Ryan works as an aerospace engineer. But more important than that Ryan has friends and is leading a typical life. Marcia has degrees in sociology and psychology from UCLA and is a credentialed teacher. But Marcia’s most impressive credential for writing this book is that she is Ryan’s mother and their family survived the autism diagnosis. Preview her book on Amazon or on her website at https://autism-and-treatment.com/.

Lisa Croen

Dr. Lisa Croen, a senior research scientist, is the director of the Kaiser Permanente Autism Research Program at the Division of Research (DOR), Kaiser Permanente Northern California, which is funded by Autism Speaks and HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration.) At the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Croen earned a Master’s of Public Health and later a Ph.D. in epidemiology.

Raun Melmed

Raun D. Melmed, MD, FAAP, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, is director of the Melmed Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, and co-founder and medical director of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center. He is the author of Autism: Early Intervention; Autism and the Extended Family; and a series of books on mindfulness for children: Marvin’s Monster Diary: ADHD Attacks, Timmy’s Monster Diary: Screen Time Stress, Harriet’s Monster Diary: Awfully Anxious, and the next in the series, Marvin’s Monster Diary 2 (+Lyssa): ADHD Emotions.

Barry Prizant

Barry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP, is among the world’s leading authorities on autism, and is recognized as an innovator of respectful, person-and family-centered approaches for individuals with autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities. With more than forty years of experience as a scholar, researcher, and international consultant, he is an adjunct professor at Brown University, a certified speech-language pathologist and director of Childhood Communication Services, a private practice. Barry is coauthor of The SCERTS Model: A Comprehensive Educational Approach, now being implemented in more than a dozen countries.

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Dr. Sally J. Rogers

Dr. Sally J. Rogers is the co-developer of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), which is an early autism treatment model that is used to develop and improve treatments for early autism. She earned her MA and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from The Ohio State University. Currently at the University of California M.I.N.D. Institute, Dr. Rogers’ focus is on developmental and treatment research. In conjunction with the ESDM, Dr. Rogers travels around the globe to train other therapists in its use.

Stephen Shore, Ed.D.

Board Member, K.E.E.N. Education Foundation Diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.

PERSONAL

First hand experience with those living with or within those who have autism. Gives additional understanding to through those who have autism.

Paula Aquilla

Paula Aquilla is the mother of two teenagers and lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and has been practicing occupational therapy in community, clinic, school and home based settings for 22 years. Paula is a co-author of the book Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration and has contributed to several other publications. She teaches throughout North America. She is a thesis writer in the Canadian College of Osteopathy and hopes to complete her formal osteopathic studies in 2010. Paula brings warmth and enthusiasm in her work with children and their families.

Tony Attwood

Tony Attwood is a practicing Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the field of Asperger’s Syndrome. For the last 25 years he has met and worked with several hundred individuals with this syndrome, ranging widely in age, ability and background.

Diane Bahr

Diane Bahr is a visionary with a mission. For more than 30 years, she has treated children and adults with feeding, motor speech, and mouth function problems. While she is a speech-language pathologist by training, she has also honed her skills as a feeding therapist, published author, international speaker, university instructor, and business owner. Diane co-owns Ages and Stages®, LLC with her husband and business manager Joe Bahr. She is also a mother and a grandmother.

Sean Barron

Sean Barron is a journalist for The Youngstown Vindicator in Ohio. He is the co-author of two books about autism. There’s a Boy in Here: Emerging from the Bonds of Autism was written with his mother, Judy Barron.

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is one of the world’s most accomplished and well known adult with autism. She has a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois and is a professor at Colorado State University. She is the author of six books, including the national bestsellers Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation.

Hinds Marcia

Marcia Hinds wrote I Know You’re In There – Winning Our War Against Autism. This inspirational book is the story of her son’s recovery. Ryan works as an aerospace engineer. But more important than that Ryan has friends and is leading a typical life. Marcia has degrees in sociology and psychology from UCLA and is a credentialed teacher. But Marcia’s most impressive credential for writing this book is that she is Ryan’s mother and their family survived the autism diagnosis. Preview her book on Amazon or on her website at https://autism-and-treatment.com/.

Jonathan Alderson

Jonathan Alderson is the founder and director of the Canadian-based leading-edge autism treatment program Intensive Multi-Treatment Intervention (IMTI). He is the author of Challenging the Myths of Autism (Harper Collins, 2011) which has inspired educators and parents alike to consider a radical re-framing of how we think about and treat people diagnosed with autism and which was awarded the 2012 International Book Award for Best Parent-Resource.

Raun Melmed

Raun D. Melmed, MD, FAAP, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, is director of the Melmed Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, and co-founder and medical director of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center. He is the author of Autism: Early Intervention; Autism and the Extended Family; and a series of books on mindfulness for children: Marvin’s Monster Diary: ADHD Attacks, Timmy’s Monster Diary: Screen Time Stress, Harriet’s Monster Diary: Awfully Anxious, and the next in the series, Marvin’s Monster Diary 2 (+Lyssa): ADHD Emotions.

Barry Prizant

Barry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP, is among the world’s leading authorities on autism, and is recognized as an innovator of respectful, person-and family-centered approaches for individuals with autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities. With more than forty years of experience as a scholar, researcher, and international consultant, he is an adjunct professor at Brown University, a certified speech-language pathologist and director of Childhood Communication Services, a private practice. Barry is coauthor of The SCERTS Model: A Comprehensive Educational Approach, now being implemented in more than a dozen countries.

Karen Simmons

CEO, Founder, AutismToday.com Co-Author, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Children with Special Needs Karen is the Founder and CEO of Autism Today, the first online information and resource center for autism worldwide. She brings over twenty years of expertise to the organization having created over 14 publications including “Chicken Soup for the Soul, Children with Special Needs” and gold medal award winning “The Official Autism 101 Manual”.

Susan Stokes

Susan Stokes, autism consultant and speaker, is well known throughout the United States. She has presented at various national conferences, including the Autism Society National Conference. Ms. Stokes has been published in various books and journals. Additionally, Susan has been an adjunct faculty member at many Wisconsin institutions of higher education. From her experience as a Speech Pathologist and work in autism, Ms. Stokes has provided many schools and families with ASD knowledge and ideas for over thirty years. She continues this work and is currently training and coaching schools to better support students with autism.

SENSORY INTEGRATION

Children and adults who have challenges with sensory processing disorders.

Paula Aquilla

Paula Aquilla is the mother of two teenagers and lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and has been practicing occupational therapy in community, clinic, school and home based settings for 22 years. Paula is a co-author of the book Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration and has contributed to several other publications. She teaches throughout North America. She is a thesis writer in the Canadian College of Osteopathy and hopes to complete her formal osteopathic studies in 2010. Paula brings warmth and enthusiasm in her work with children and their families.

Beth Aune

Beth Aune is the owner-therapist of Desert Occupational Therapy for Kids, a pediatric outpatient clinic. Beth and her team of dedicated and passionate professionals provide assessment and intervention for at-risk children with a variety of diagnoses, including: autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, feeding dysfunction, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy and others. Beth is a co-author of Behavior Solutions for the Inclusive Classroom (2010), and Behavior Solutions in and Beyond the Inclusive Classroom (2011).

Carol S Kranowitz

As a music, movement, and drama teacher for 25 years, Carol observed many out-of-sync preschoolers. To help them become more competent in their work and play, she began to study sensory processing and sensory integration (“SI”) theory. She learned to help identify her young students’ needs and to steer them into early intervention. In her writings and workshops, she explains to parents, educators, and other early childhood professionals how sensory issues play out – and provides enjoyable sensory-motor techniques for addressing them at home and school. Carol is best-known for her first book in the “Sync” series, The Out-of-Sync Child.

Hinds Marcia

Marcia Hinds wrote I Know You’re In There – Winning Our War Against Autism. This inspirational book is the story of her son’s recovery. Ryan works as an aerospace engineer. But more important than that Ryan has friends and is leading a typical life. Marcia has degrees in sociology and psychology from UCLA and is a credentialed teacher. But Marcia’s most impressive credential for writing this book is that she is Ryan’s mother and their family survived the autism diagnosis. Preview her book on Amazon or on her website at https://autism-and-treatment.com/.

Ellen Notbohm

An award-winning author in both nonfiction and fiction, Ellen Notbohm’s work has informed, inspired, and guided millions of readers in more than twenty languages. In addition to her globally renowned books on autism and acclaimed historical novel The River by Starlight, her articles and columns on such diverse subjects as history, genealogy, baseball, writing and community affairs have appeared in major publications and captured audiences on every continent.

SOCIAL SKILLS

Connecting and communicating with others people empathetically.

Paula Aquilla

Paula Aquilla is the mother of two teenagers and lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and has been practicing occupational therapy in community, clinic, school and home based settings for 22 years. Paula is a co-author of the book Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration and has contributed to several other publications. She teaches throughout North America. She is a thesis writer in the Canadian College of Osteopathy and hopes to complete her formal osteopathic studies in 2010. Paula brings warmth and enthusiasm in her work with children and their families.

Tony Attwood

Tony Attwood is a practicing Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the field of Asperger’s Syndrome. For the last 25 years he has met and worked with several hundred individuals with this syndrome, ranging widely in age, ability and background.

Beth Aune

Beth Aune is the owner-therapist of Desert Occupational Therapy for Kids, a pediatric outpatient clinic. Beth and her team of dedicated and passionate professionals provide assessment and intervention for at-risk children with a variety of diagnoses, including: autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, feeding dysfunction, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy and others. Beth is a co-author of Behavior Solutions for the Inclusive Classroom (2010), and Behavior Solutions in and Beyond the Inclusive Classroom (2011).

Jed Baker

Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, an organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center and several other autism organizations.

Deborah Fein

Dr. Deborah Fein, a clinical neuropsychologist, has spent over 35 years studying autism at the University of Connecticut and at Boston University School of Medicine. She is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Connecticut and Professor of Pediatrics in the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. This research has led to numerous published articles and chapters, a co-authored book, an autism screening tool, and support from grants.

Catherine Faherty

Catherine Faherty is an autism author, trainer, teacher, and consultant and the author of four books, one of which was honored as the Autism Society of America’s 2009 Outstanding Literary Work. She worked as an autism specialist with the internationally recognized TEACCH program in North Carolina for more than two decades from 1990 to 2012 as a parent consultant; child and adult therapist; consultant to school programs; trainer of teachers and other professionals locally, nationally,and internationally; and facilitator of social groups for adults on the spectrum, along with support and education groups for parents and family members.

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is one of the world’s most accomplished and well known adult with autism. She has a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois and is a professor at Colorado State University. She is the author of six books, including the national bestsellers Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation.

Helen Tager-Flusberg

Dr. Tager-Flusberg, a professor of anatomy & neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine and professor of psychology at Boston University, is the director at the Center for Autism Research Excellence at Boston University. She earned her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Harvard University in 1978. Dr. Tager-Flusberg’s interests lie in the language and social-cognitive development of people with ASD, as well as other developmental language disorders. She has been conducting research for over 30 years and focuses that research on investigating language, theory of mind, and related social cognitive aspects of ASD.

Julie Matthews

Julie Matthews, BS NC is a globally respected nutrition expert, accomplished author, and inspirational educator. Her guidance is backed by fifteen years of clinical experience and scientific research with complex neurological and physiological needs; particularly autism and related disorders. Julie has lectured in more than 60 cities across three continents. She’s been on television, radio, newspaper, blogs/podcasts and more, published scientifically referenced articles in journals and websites. She’s beenfeatured by Price-Pottenger, honored by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, sits on two scientific advisory boards including the Autism Research Center, consulted to a soon-to-be-published university research study, and is a Certified Nutrition Consultant with a successful practice in San Francisco.

Raun Melmed

Raun D. Melmed, MD, FAAP, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, is director of the Melmed Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, and co-founder and medical director of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center. He is the author of Autism: Early Intervention; Autism and the Extended Family; and a series of books on mindfulness for children: Marvin’s Monster Diary: ADHD Attacks, Timmy’s Monster Diary: Screen Time Stress, Harriet’s Monster Diary: Awfully Anxious, and the next in the series, Marvin’s Monster Diary 2 (+Lyssa): ADHD Emotions.

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Dr. Sally J. Rogers

Dr. Sally J. Rogers is the co-developer of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), which is an early autism treatment model that is used to develop and improve treatments for early autism. She earned her MA and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from The Ohio State University. Currently at the University of California M.I.N.D. Institute, Dr. Rogers’ focus is on developmental and treatment research. In conjunction with the ESDM, Dr. Rogers travels around the globe to train other therapists in its use.

Stephen Shore, Ed.D.

Board Member, K.E.E.N. Education Foundation Diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.

Expressive therapy

This includes, music therapy, art, dance and drama.

Karen Simmons

CEO, Founder, AutismToday.com Co-Author, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Children with Special Needs Karen is the Founder and CEO of Autism Today, the first online information and resource center for autism worldwide. She brings over twenty years of expertise to the organization having created over 14 publications including “Chicken Soup for the Soul, Children with Special Needs” and gold medal award winning “The Official Autism 101 Manual”.

Stephen Shore, Ed.D.

Board Member, K.E.E.N. Education Foundation Diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.