Help From Educational Experts

EDUCATIONAL

Educating people with the different aspects of autism and giving him support and finding

EDUCATION

Using the proper teaching and educational techniques to assist those with autism and educating the world about the various questions concerning 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.

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).

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.

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.

Ronald Caissie

Health Coordinator, KEEN Education Foundation President, Ultimate Progress Mediation Former military officer and parent of daughter with autism. He formed a disability management company focusing on the effects of trauma on the livelihood of victims and grew it to over 30 offices with his partner. After selling the business he began Ultimate Progress Mediation and Counselling which focuses on children of all abilities and families endeavoring to save his clients’ time, money and sanity during separation and relationship breakdowns, helping people come to mutual agreements and leave on a positive note. Ron has a BA, BSW, MEd in counseling and a PhD.

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.

Dave Siever

Dave Siever, C.E.T., graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in 1978 in Telecommunications. In 1980, he accepted a position at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Dentistry, as a design technologist. He conducted research with Dr. Norman Thomas, an internationally recognized specialist in the area of temporo-mandibular dysfunction and myofacial pain. During his employment there, Dave developed equipment for the TMJ research laboratory and the Educational Psychology Department, including TENS stimulators, biofeedback devices, gnathodynamometers, signal processing equipment, and EMG spectral analysis equipment. In 1983, Dave began assistant teaching a dental physiology course at the University of Alberta. In 1987 and 1988, he taught graduate-year courses Advanced Myofacial Pain and TMJ Diagnostic and Treatment Techniques. Dave published a paper with Dr. Norman Thomas on the effects of audio-visual stimulation at the 4th European Congress of Hypnosis in 1987.

Deborah Hedin

I am a therapist who helps adults and couples who are struggling with life’s hurtful problems: single parenthood, relationship conflicts, divorce, difficulties at college, depression/anxiety, a partner or parent’s alcoholism, mental illness in the family, stress at work, news of a serious disease or financial reversal, caring for aged parents, overcoming a traumatic childhood, “empty nest syndrome,” the special pressures on military families, and so forth. Our work together would begin by focusing on the here-and-now, so that you can experience some immediate feelings of being heard and of moving forward.

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.

Francine Baffa

Creating an engaged therapeutic relationship is where we start. I became a therapist because I believe in the power of relationships. Moved by my own experiences, I wanted to guide others to push past perceived limitations, obstacles, and fear to live a full and meaningful life. We all have the ability to grow, heal, and move forward. I have over 20 years of experience providing individual and group therapy, focusing on parent coaching, family systems work, and defining and supporting reunification initiatives. I have sat across and heard many stories of despair and courage with an open heart – let’s work together to explore yours.

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.

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.

Linda Bourdon

Linda Bourdon, Ed.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who conducts psychological and educational evaluations, works with families to implement behavioral treatment programs and conducts individual and family counseling sessions. She often serves as an educational consultant. Dr. Bourdon earned her doctorate at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. She has over 25 years of experience as a school psychologist and program administrator in the public schools. Dr. Bourdon worked in general practice within the schools for several years prior to pursuing a specialty interest in working with students who have autism spectrum disorders and other severe disabilities at a regional special education program.

Lisa Audet

Dr. Lisa Audet is Assistant Professor in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She is a Provost Faculty Associate in the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI, AY 2016-2018) where her work forces on developing successful experiences for college students with ASD, and increasing diversity within Speech Pathology and Audiology. She has over 30 years of experience as a special educator, clinical speech language pathologist, and university faculty. Dr. Audet’s clinical experience include hospitals, specialized schools, public schools, community speech and hearing centers, and private practice. Her areas of expertise include low incident disorders, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), child language development, literacy, assistive technology, and diversity. She is the co-developer of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate, coordinator of the Autism Initiative for Research, Education, and Outreach (AIREO) and the KSU Autism Task Force.

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.

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.

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.

Sharon McCloskey

I’m a big believer in the energy that change brings. I practiced law for nearly a quarter century, but tried different things. I clerked for a judge. I defended clients while at large firms in New York and New Jersey. I prosecuted consumer and charitable fraud cases as a deputy attorney general in New Jersey. I opened a small law firm with my husband. I served as a court-appointed mediator and acted as a panel arbitrator for the stock exchange.

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.

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.

RESEARCH

Research opportunities and results of experts in this field.

Ami Klin

Dr. Ami Klin, Chief of Autism and Related Disorders at the Marcus Autism Center, is known for his study into high-tech eye tracking as a sign of autism. The hope through his research is that early detection and intervention can be provided for babies. Dr. Klin also works in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Klin directed the Autism Program at Yale University School of Medicine until 2010.

Angela Tomlin

Angela Tomlin is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Director of the Section of Child Development, and Director of the Riley Child Development Center LEND Program located at the Indiana University School of Medicine. At the RCDC, Dr. Tomlin provides clinical services to families with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, supervises graduate trainees, and is a frequent presenter on topics including autism, behavior management, and infant mental health. She is the author or co-author of 20 publications. Dr. Tomlin serves on several state-level committees, is the chairperson of Infancy Onward, the Indiana's state infant mental health association, serves on the Board of Mental Health America Indiana and the Hope Academy, is a voting member of the State System of Care committee, and is a Past President of the Board of the Autism Society of Indiana.

Dave Siever

Dave Siever, C.E.T., graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in 1978 in Telecommunications. In 1980, he accepted a position at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Dentistry, as a design technologist. He conducted research with Dr. Norman Thomas, an internationally recognized specialist in the area of temporo-mandibular dysfunction and myofacial pain. During his employment there, Dave developed equipment for the TMJ research laboratory and the Educational Psychology Department, including TENS stimulators, biofeedback devices, gnathodynamometers, signal processing equipment, and EMG spectral analysis equipment. In 1983, Dave began assistant teaching a dental physiology course at the University of Alberta. In 1987 and 1988, he taught graduate-year courses Advanced Myofacial Pain and TMJ Diagnostic and Treatment Techniques. Dave published a paper with Dr. Norman Thomas on the effects of audio-visual stimulation at the 4th European Congress of Hypnosis in 1987.

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.

Lonnie Zwaigenbaum

Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum has earned an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Health Research (AHFMR) Health Scholar and Canadian Institutes for Health Research New Investigator (CIHR) Award. He has also been the recipient of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundations Endowed Chair in Autism Research. He is the co-director of the Autism Research Centre, an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, and is the chair of the Autism Speaks Baby Siblings Research Consortium. Dr. Zwaigenbaum’s research focuses on early development in autism. In this research, Dr. Zwaigenbaum and his colleagues are following a group of infant siblings of children with autism to identify certain risk markers which in turn may help in earlier diagnosis. This knowledge has helped as Dr. Zwaigenbaum has edited and published many works on the topic of ASD.

Martha Herbert

Dr. Martha Herbert, a pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist and a brain development researcher, was awarded with the first Cure Autism Now Innovator Award. She also served on the Scientific Advisory Committee of Autism Speaks for five years. Prior to receiving her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Herbert earned a Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness Program at University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Herbert’s focus in autism research centers around the idea of where autism fits into the larger scheme of things. She describes autism as a process of brain changes and not something that someone is born with. Dr. Herbert is also a writer and a public speaker and she shares her research through numerous publications, books, and speeches.

Portia Iversen

Ms. Portia Iversen is the founder of the Innovative Technology for Autism (ITA) and the International Meeting For Autism Research (IMFAR). She is also the co-founder of The Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) and The Cure Autism Now Foundation (CAN), which is now part of Autism Speaks. Ms. Iversen’s passion for ASD research began in 1995, shortly after her son was diagnosed with autism. Ms. Iversen has acted as a NIMH grant reviewer as well as serving on public and private research boards. The recipient of many awards and honors, Ms. Iversen shares her knowledge and passion for ASD research through publications, books, and public speaking. Ms. Iversen has developed an online group called Descartes which serves families with nonverbal ASD children. The Rick Weiss Humanitarian Award was given to Ms. Iversen in April 2006. Prior to that she won an Emmy award for her work with The Tracey Ullman Show.

Wendy L. Stone

Dr. Wendy Stone has received federal funding for her research on the early identification and intervention of young children with autism since 1993. Dr. Stone graduated from the University of Miami with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1981. After 22 years at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Stone accepted a position at University of Washington as a professor of psychology and director of the UW Autism Center. Dr. Stone’s research of early childhood autism led to the development of the STAT (Screening Tool for Autism in Two-Year-Olds).

TECHNOLOGY

Developing the newest technology and medical tools to assist those in need of accessories or medical equipment.

Andrew Rubin

Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Florida, California & New York Dr. Rubin is a licensed clinical psychologist, founder of the international society for autism (ISAresearch.org), and the founder and CEO of New Directions for Young Adults, Inc., (Florida and California). Dr. Rubin was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Florida Department of Health/Board of Psychology where he served from August 2013 to August 2020.

Dave Siever

Dave Siever, C.E.T., graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in 1978 in Telecommunications. In 1980, he accepted a position at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Dentistry, as a design technologist. He conducted research with Dr. Norman Thomas, an internationally recognized specialist in the area of temporo-mandibular dysfunction and myofacial pain. During his employment there, Dave developed equipment for the TMJ research laboratory and the Educational Psychology Department, including TENS stimulators, biofeedback devices, gnathodynamometers, signal processing equipment, and EMG spectral analysis equipment. In 1983, Dave began assistant teaching a dental physiology course at the University of Alberta. In 1987 and 1988, he taught graduate-year courses Advanced Myofacial Pain and TMJ Diagnostic and Treatment Techniques. Dave published a paper with Dr. Norman Thomas on the effects of audio-visual stimulation at the 4th European Congress of Hypnosis in 1987.

Marc Rose

Marc Rose joined the Continuum Family in 2011 after 20 years in the Home Building/Land Development Business. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he received a degree in Marketing and was a four year member of the men’s soccer team. As a father of four, Marc is heavily involved in youth sports and is often found taking an active role with his children by coaching. His Interests include travel, sports, the beach and spending time with his kids.