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Speakers & Panelists

USAAA assembles over thirty world-renowned experts that focus on ways to improve the quality of life for the affected individuals and their families and caregivers by conducting presentations and panel workshops in the areas of medical/biomedical interventions, research, behavioral and developmental therapies, nutrition, and family issues. It is attended by Parents, Health Care Professionals, Caretakers, Educators and anyone who wants to learn more about services and treatment for children living with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, ADD, ADHD and other learning disabilities.

 

Keynote Speakers

Temple Grandin, PhD is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Dr. Grandin’s fascinating life was recently brought to the screen in the HBO production full-length film, "Temple Grandin", which claimed seven Emmy Awards, including outstanding made for TV movie. She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio), major television programs, such as the BBC special "The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow", ABC's Primetime Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours and 20/20, and has been written about in many national publications, such as Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and New York Times. Among numerous other recognitions by media, Bravo Cable did a half-hour show on her life, and she was featured in the best-selling book, Anthropologist from Mars.

Dr. Grandin didn't talk until she was three and a half years old, communicating her frustration instead by screaming, peeping, and humming. In 1950, she was diagnosed with autism and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. She tells her story of "groping her way from the far side of darkness" in her book Emergence: Labeled Autistic, a book which stunned the world because, until its publication, most professionals and parents assumed that an autism diagnosis was virtually a death sentence to achievement or productivity in life. Dr. Grandin has become a prominent author and speaker on the subject of autism because "I have read enough to know that there are still many parents, and yes, professionals too, who believe that 'once autistic, always autistic.' This dictum has meant sad and sorry lives for many children diagnosed, as I was in early life, as autistic. To these people, it is incomprehensible that the characteristics of autism can be modified and controlled.

However, I feel strongly that I am living proof that they can" (from Emergence: Labeled Autistic). Even though she was considered "weird" in her young school years, she eventually found a mentor, who recognized her interests and abilities. Dr. Grandin later developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. She has now designed the facilities in which half the cattle are handled in the United States, consulting for firms such as Burger King, McDonald's, Swift, and others. Dr. Grandin presently works as a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She also speaks around the world on both autism and cattle handling. At every Future Horizons conference on autism, the audience rates her presentation as 10+.

Dr. Grandin's current best selling book on autism is The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's. She also authored Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, Animals Make us Human, Animals in Translation, Thinking in Pictures, Emergence: Labeled Autistic and produced several DVDs. All books and DVD's available through Future Horizons.

maertha herbertMartha Herbert, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, a Pediatric Neurologist with subspecialty certification in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a Principal Investigator, a member of the MGH Center for Morphometric Analysis, and an affiliate of the HST-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. Her background in pediatric neurology, evolutionary biology and history of science has influenced her orientation toward systems biology, brain connectivity and brain-body interrelationships. In 2004, she received the first Cure Autism Now Innovator Award.

Dr. Herbert is the Co-Chair of the Environmental Health Advisory Board of the Autism Society of America. Her research program includes studying what makes some autistic brains unusually large, how the parts of the brain are connected and coordinated with each other, and how we can develop measures sensitive to changes in brain and body function that could result from treatment interventions.

Stephen Shore, EdD was diagnosed with "Atypical Development with strong autistic tendencies." Dr. Shore was viewed as "too sick" to be treated on an outpatient basis and recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much help from his parents, teachers, and others, Dr. Shore completed his doctoral degree in special education at Boston University in 2008 with a focus on helping people on the autism spectrum develop their capacities to the fullest extent possible.

In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Dr. Shore presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure as discussed in his book Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Ask and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, and Understanding Autism for Dummies. A board member of the Autism Society of America and president emeritus of the Asperger’s Association of New England, Stephen serves for the Board of Directors for Unlocking Autism, the Autism Services Association of Massachusetts, MAAP, and the College Internship Program. Dr. Shore is on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board. Dr. Shore presently works as a Professor at Adelphi University in New York.

Areva D. Martin, Esq. is known to audiences across the country from her regular appearances on The Dr. Phil Show, as well as national stints on Fox News, NPR, and Court TV Radio Television. Areva Martin is one of television’s most in-demand legal experts/analysts. A quotable authority on workplace, disability rights, education, custody and women’s issues, this accomplished and multi-award winning lawyer, syndicated columnist, author and public speaker is also quoted and or featured on the pages of publications ranging from the Los Angeles Daily Journal to Cookie Magazine to Redbook and the LA Times.

The founding and managing partner of Martin & Martin, LLP, Areva has built a reputation for ACTION. In addition to positioning her firm as one of the premier African-American female owned firms in LA, Areva has developed a multidisciplinary civil practice, which serves some of the nation’s top corporations, non-profit organizations, governmental entities and high net-worth individuals. She is also President and co-founder of Special Needs Network, Inc. (SNN), a non-profit launched specifically to support families with special needs children. In addition to being a sought after legal expert, Areva is also an inspiring author. Her second book, The Everyday Advocate, is scheduled for release by Penguin books in early 2010. Her first book, Journey to the Top, is a must-read for female professionals interested in achieving the ultimate career success. www.specialneedsnetwork.net

 
Panel Workshop Moderator

Theresa K. Wrangham became a parent advocate as a result of her daughter Deanna’s life-threatening asthma, as well as her daughter Rachel’s diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. As a former AMTA massage therapist and Usui Reiki master, she views health holistically and brings an experienced parent's perspective on raising a healthy children affected by asthma and ASD to her advocacy work. She lives in Colorado with her husband of over 20 years, Scott.

In 2001 she co-founded the Autism Society of Boulder County (ASBC) in Colorado and served five terms as its president and, served on the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Colorado. She is currently the Executive Director for NVIC and has served on the Board of Directors for SafeMinds since 2007 and is its immediate past president. She serves on advisory boards for the US Autism & Asperger Association and the American Medical Autism Board and is a representative on the Boulder Valley School District Special Education Advisory Committee in Colorado. Within her community, she has helped to raise public awareness of biomedical causes and treatments for autism by publishing Colorado’s first autism specific resource guide and coordinating conferences and lectures, as well as Colorado’s consensus statement supporting the Combating Autism Act.

Additionally, in 2005 she worked with local agencies to establish a parent-directed treatment program for autistic individuals who are ineligible for state DDS services. This program has paid for $575,000 in treatments and changed the lives of 115 families. Theresa collaborated with Google to create Project Spectrum, a program designed to assist the autism community to identify possible career paths and to give educators classroom tools, and assist parents to obtaining special education services for their children. In 2006, the Boulder County Business Report recognized Theresa as a Health Care Hero. Theresa regularly published the ASBC and SafeMinds eNewsletters and, articles in Mothering Magazine, The Autism File, Age of Autism and Pathways. She has been featured in local and national television and print news reports.

Theresa was responsible for coordinating the volunteers and many other activities associated with the USAAA 3rd Annual International Conference. She has presented at USAAA World conferences. USAAA is very fortunate to have Theresa moderating the nine panel workshops at the USAAA 5th Annual World Autism & Asperger Conference in St. Louis, Missouri October 1-3, 2010.

 
Panelists

Tec Chapman, PhD recently has taken a new position with the Missouri School Boards' Association. Prior to accepting this new position, Tec and was the Deputy Director of the Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities. He has over 23 years of experience supporting individuals with disabilities, their families, and working with federal, state and local agencies. He has worked as a direct support professional, director of community based support services, directed projects of national significance, and consultant to local, state and federal agencies. In 1999, he received the Anne Rudigier Award from the Association of University Centers for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (AUCD) for his demonstrated dedication and commitment to enhancing the lives of families and individuals with developmental disabilities.

Tec was a 2005 Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Public Policy Fellow working in the United States Senate for Mike Enzi, Chairman, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee. At the completion of his fellowship he was hired by the Chairman with a legislative portfolio that included disability policy (IDEA, Rehabilitation Act, Developmental Disabilities Act, Combating Autism Act), K-12 education (NCLB), the Head Start Act, Title II of the Higher Education Act, and child-care issues. Tec’s doctoral program at the University of Kansas focused on issues of public policy, disability, and interdisciplinary practice.

John Constantino, MD is a Blanche F. Ittleson Professor, and Director of the William Greenleaf Eliot Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Cornell University (B.S. 1984, distinction in all subjects) and his medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Dr. Constantino completed a combined residency in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, and Child Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York and completed his Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Psychiatric Epidemiology at Washington University School of Medicine.

Dr. Constantino’s work has involved the genetic epidemiology of autistic social impairment and the discovery of distinct patterns of familial aggregation of sub clinical autistic traits in the relatives of children with autism. He has authored or co-authored over 50 original peer-reviewed papers in the scientific literature. He has pioneered the development of rapid quantitative methods for measuring inherited aspects of social impairment, which are currently in use worldwide and have contributed to new approaches to the search for genes that confer risk for autism and related disorders. His work also includes efforts to understand and prevent other abnormalities of early social development including antisocial behavior in children.

Dr. Constantino currently holds grants from NIH / NICHD, Autism Speaks, Simons Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Heath Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and has served on the scientific advisory committee for Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (a program of Autism Speaks) since 2005.

Daniel J. Copes, MS was once a struggling and desperate parent of twin sons with a diagnosis of autism. His sons at 13 were severely lacking in receptive and expressive language, poor attending skills, and non-existent home-based ADL skills. With his new wife Christine, he embarked on program of recovery that included intensive sensory integration therapies, and state of the art auditory interventions from Europe. In three short years, the changes in Dan’s sons were remarkable. Conversational language emerged, focus and attention improved tremendously and the boys were nearly self-sufficient in the house. It is with this same portfolio of therapies that Dan and Christine founded The Dan Center for Autism in Houston. Dan reinvented himself to first help his own sons –and then to help others.

Dan has been trained on the internationally renowned auditory programs developed by Dr. Guy Bernard and by Dr. Alfred Tomatis. As many if not most children on the autism spectrum demonstrate a degree of auditory dysfunction, these non-invasive programs can provide a great benefit for many children. Dan also provides therapies such as Lindamood-Bell, Brain Gym, PECS, and Handwriting Without Tears. Dan holds a masters degree and is working towards completion of his doctorate in Special Education Leadership.

Amy Davis, MD graduated from the University of Missouri School of Medicine with Honors. She trained at University of Alabama – Birmingham for her residency program. After practicing Internal Medicine privately for 5 years she left the practice due to the needs of her autistic son, Alex. Recognizing the increasing rates of Autism and other chronic diseases and the impact of optimizing health through nutrition, biochemical support and detoxification, Dr. Davis opened Crossing Back To Health in the Fall of 2004. Since opening Crossing Back to Health, Dr. Davis has continued to expand her expertise in a variety of nontraditional approaches including the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Food Allergy identification and treatment, Bioenergetic medicine and Botanical and Homeopathic treatments. She is committed to the continued search for healthy alternatives to the treatment of chronic diseases and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Amy Davis, 16216 Baxter Rd., Suite 110, Chesterfield, MO 63017, www.crossbacktohealth.com.

Phillip C. DeMio, MD is board-certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He received his M.D. from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine with honors in Neurosurgery, Endocrinology/Metabolism, Advanced OB/GYN, and Advanced Internal Medicine. Dr. DeMio has been a faculty member at several teaching hospitals including Case Western University School of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He is accredited by the Teaching System of U.S. Armed Forces Medical Core and his career includes an emphasis on toxicology.

Dr. DeMio is currently the Medical Director for the Whole Health and Wellness Centers located in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. His practice focuses on the diagnosis and treatment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. As a father of a child with autism, Dr. DeMio explains his mission to help patients reach their maximum potential through biomedical care with the philosophy, "that our children and loved ones are first and foremost in all of our treatments." Dr. DeMio's practice includes primary care and integrative medicine/toxicology for children and adults. The Centers are the largest participant in a research program regarding the use of multiple enzyme preparations. He has also emphasized other broad issues.

“We must address the immune system in every child so that this major piece of the biological aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorders can be treated,” said Dr. DeMio. Ongoing research also emphasizes early diagnosis including methods to identify at-risk children before symptoms develop, along with helping families prepare for subsequent pregnancies. Dr. DeMio is Chief Medical Officer for US Autism & Asperger Association.

Jason Eden, MBA is the committed father of a six-year old boy who is recovering from a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. He and his wife Melynda have co-authored the book "In the Midst of a Miracle", which details both their ongoing journey, struggles, and triumphs, as well as the life strategies and thinking sets that have helped them succeed in the various aspects of their son's emergence. In addition to their son, Jason and Melynda have an extremely talented 12-year-old daughter. Professionally, Jason has spent most of his career in corporate education, curriculum, and eLearning development in both sales and technical training roles. He holds a B.S. in Psychology from Southwest Baptist University and an MBA from Washington University's Olin Business School. Jason enjoys playing piano, reading, computers, and biking.

Kristin Selby Gonzalez is Director of Autism Education at Enzymedica. She is a host on AutismOne Radio and Co-host on Voice America Radio. Kristin is certified in the Body Ecology Diet and has studied the Gut and Psychology Diet, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and the gluten-free and casein free diet. Kristin is certified in the Wilbarger Protocol, trained in the Alert Program and has extensive knowledge in The Handle Program. All of these programs are forms of sensory integration. She is a bone conduction provider of the Listening Program, which is an auditory integration intervention. She has completed all of the Son-Rise program courses.

Kristin has an eight-year-old son with ASD and has been running a home program for over 6 years. In 2009 Kristin traveled the United States with the Autism Grass Roots Tour. She conducted seventy-seven lectures in twenty-six states to over 4000 people.

Elaine Hall (Coach E) has been called many things in her multi-faceted and accomplished life including: educator, author, writer, consultant, performer, and professional acting coach for television and film artists. She has written and directed over thirty children's plays. More recently, Elaine has been called “mother” to son Neal, and the media have dubbed her, “The Child Whisperer”, based on the extraordinary and compelling theater arts program she innovated for children like Neal, with autism, The Miracle Project (miracleproject.com), and the awe inspiring results the work has delivered.

The Miracle Project’s creative and evocative journey from the first meeting of the children and their anxious families, through creative development and ultimately, the performance of “Who Am I: A Time Traveler’s Tale” is profiled in HBO’s award winning feature length documentary entitled, AUTISM: THE MUSICAL. Elaine's new book, "Now I See the Moon," was released in July.

Shannon Houser, LCSW is a graduate from the social work program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is a licensed clinical social worker and the Vice President of Residential and Adult Services at TouchPoint Autism Services. Shannon has been with the agency for two years. During this time, Shannon and her team have made tremendous strides in improving the lives of individuals with autism in their program. These accomplishments include but are not limited to developing and implementing a nutrition and fitness program for their residents which is providing a better quality of life. Shannon’s program touches the lives of over 70 residents in 31 homes.

Stephen Kanne, PhD is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Psychology and Associate Director of the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. He received his bachelor’s degree and his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Washington University. He completed a clinical internship at the University of California, San Diego, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at the University of Missouri. He then joined the staff at St. Louis Children’s Hospital as a Pediatric Neuropsychologist, where he worked for the next five years. Dr. Kanne joined the University of Missouri faculty in December 2005. Kanne’s clinical activities involve providing general outpatient pediatric neuropsychological services and assessing children suspected of having autism spectrum disorders at the Thompson Center.

Dr. Kanne's current research interests focus on children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), targeting questions of assessment, diagnostic accuracy, friendship in autism, co-morbid symptoms, exploring new types of intervention and gaining a fundamental understanding of the disorder. Kanne is also actively involved in an interdisciplinary training program for professionals who work with children with special health care needs. He has published in the areas of cognitive neuropsychology, autism, history of neuropsychology, and pediatric traumatic brain injury. Kanne is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology.

Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD, USAAA Chairman and CEO is a parent of child with autism. Dr. Kaplan’s work in autism evolved in 1995 when his son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS. He founded Special Abilities, a non-profit charitable organization. It was one of the first organizations to offer assistance to special education schools and provide educational programs for parents who have children with ASD. Drawing on his decade long tenure in professional and collegiate sports, he created a “team approach” to develop a parent-physician partnership that has been presented at national and international autism conferences. This innovative concept led to authoring the book, “Diagnosis Autism: Now What? 10 Steps to Improve Treatment Outcomes; A Parent-Physician Team Approach.” Dr. Kaplan was the chief investigator for the first study on early diagnosis of ASD. His dissertation, “Autism Spectrum Disorders: Two Significant Quandaries,” was the foundation for this research. Dr. Kaplan is editor of multiple Conference Proceedings Manuals and is also a contributor to other autism publications. Dr. Kaplan has spent many years collaborating with the non-profit community. He worked on many projects over a ten year period with the March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association.

In the summer of 2005, Special Abilities evolved into US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. with a mission to enhance the quality of life of individuals and their families/caregivers touched by autism spectrum disorders by providing educational and family support through conferences/seminars and published and electronic mediums. Dr. Kaplan’s vision was to create an annual conference that concentrated on family, health and sibling issues, adolescence, diet and nutrition, autism and Asperger’s concerns, as well as the latest autism research and treatment. That vision became a reality in the summer of 2006. Over thousands of people have attended USAAA conferences since 2006.

Cheryl Klohr, MS, OTR/L Cheryl Klohr, M.S., OTR/L is an occupational therapist at the Washington University School of Medicine Program in Occupational Therapy. She is currently working on a collaborative effort to develop the Washington University Occupational Therapy Pediatric Clinic. Within this clinic Cheryl is working on several program developments including the Social Opportunities for Connections with Kids (SOCKS) program to Washington University with Dr. Claudia Hilton, and development of a model for a Developmental Sensorimotor Gym Class.

In addition to her work in the occupational therapy department Cheryl also works in Autism research administering assessments involved in various studies occurring in Dr. John Constantino's Social Developmental Studies lab. She previously worked as a faculty member at Saint Louis University Program in Occupational Sciences and Occupational Therapy where she ran the sensory integration gym, social skills groups and was instrumental in the pediatric faculty clinic. She is founder of Stepping Stone Pediatric Therapy and has served children with disabilities for over 11 years. She received her masters degree from the University of Indianapolis and is currently working on her doctorate at Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy. Cheryl became certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) early in her career and continues to lecture on sensory processing.

Aaron Likens was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome when he was 20 years old and started writing when he was 22. He is also the author of Finding Kansas: Decoding the Enigma of Asperger's Syndrome. Plan A for his life was to be "racing cars"—today it is "raising" awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders. From his writing, he hasn’t just educated people on the autism spectrum, but he’s allowed them to understand how he thinks and, more importantly, how he feels. He serves as a Community Education Specialist for TouchPoint Autism Services. You can visit his website at www.findingkansas.com.

Michael McManmon, PhD grew up the youngest son in a family of nine children. He is the father of six children and nine grandchildren. He received his B.A. in English from Mt. St. Mary's College in Maryland and went on for his Masters in Counseling from Shippensburg University. He attended the University of Kansas for his Masters in Human Development through a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. He obtained his Doctorate in Special Education from the University of Nevada. Subsequently, he was licensed as a Psychologist by the State of Massachusetts. He worked for state, private and non-profit organizations in several states prior to founding The Berkshire Center in 1984.

During his 35 years of experience with students with Learning Differences and Asperger's syndrome, Dr. McManmon has worked on Curriculum Development, Staff Training, Program Evaluation, and Administering Community Based Programming. He is a member of the International Learning Disabilities Association and the Independent Educational Consultants Association. Dr. McManmon speaks and presents at professional conferences nationally and internationally. He has an inside perspective as he himself was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and grew up in a large family with several individuals on the spectrum. Dr. McManmon has been certified as a family teacher through the Boys Town Center in Nebraska. He has served as a PTA President, School Board Member and Parish Council Member. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Lee Chamber of Commerce, coached in the Community Soccer League and basketball league, and is an avid gardener.

Dr. McManmon's program philosophy is to provide a loving and trusting environment in which personal growth can occur. The process includes honoring each individual's talents and assisting them in using their personal power to develop skills, meet their needs and thus live independently. This process is accomplished by hiring exemplary individuals, giving them the tools to operate and working as a team.

Vonda Minor is an educator and mother of 2 young sons with autism. Ms. Minor is the Missouri Developmental Disability Resource Center’s (MODDRC) Volunteer Coordinator. MODDRC is located within the Institute for Human Development at the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC). Ms. Minor delights in finding, recruiting, training and maintaining excellent volunteers in developmental disabilities, special health care needs, mental health issues and physical disabilities for the Sharing Our Strengths (SOS) Mentoring Program. The MODDRC is a free service that provides information, makes connections to peer support, and provides volunteer and leadership opportunities. The Sharing Our Strengths (SOS) Mentoring Network connects families, self-advocates and professionals to each other for support and a sounding board for tough situations.

Jennifer Nowak, MS, CCC-SLP, BCBA is a licensed Speech Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has been working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for the past 21 years in private practice as well as in the school system. She and her family currently reside in Poplar Bluff, MO where she is working with adults with developmental disabilities at SEMORS Habilitation Center and independently throughout the community with families with children/adults affected by ASD.

Before moving to Missouri in 2006, Mrs. Nowak owned and operated a private therapy center in Miami, FL, Promised Land Therapy. Under Mrs. Nowak's leadership, Promised Land quickly became known for specializing in Speech Therapy, Social Skills training and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and was a premier center for families dealing with autism. One of the most effective programs was the 10-12 week Summer Program for children with autism in which the children attended 10-20 hours per week of speech therapy, occupational therapy, social skills training all within an ABA framework. As a Speech Language Pathologist, Mrs. Nowak has participated in supervising both students’ clinical experience hours during their Masters Degree program and Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY).

James W. Partington, PhD, BCBA is the director of Behavior Analysts, Inc., and provides services to children and their families at the STARS Clinic in Walnut Creek, California. He is a licensed psychologist and a board certified behavior analyst, doctoral level (BCBA-D), and has more than 35 years experience working with children with developmental disabilities.

Dr. Partington's expertise is in language-based intervention with children who are experiencing language delays as a result of autism and other related developmental disorders. Dr. Partington is the co-founder of a school that specialized in language-based instruction for children with autism (STARS School) and has helped several public school systems establish similar classrooms within their own districts. He has been a faculty member of several universities including West Virginia University, University of San Francisco and St. Mary's College.

Dr. Partington is a former President of the Northern California Association for Behavior Analysis and has served as a member of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Dr. Partington has received several professional awards including the Public Service Award for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis in Florida, presented by the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. He has co-authored with Dr. Mark L. Sundberg the book, Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities. He is the author of The Assessment of Language and Learning Skills-Revised (The ABLLS™-R): An Assessment, Curriculum Guide and Skills Tracking System for Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities.

Colleen Reichert, MS, BCBA is a board certified behavior analyst. Since 2008 she has been the Manager of Autism Programs and Services at St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS). Prior to SLPS she was employed as a training specialist with TouchPoint Autism Services (formerly known as Judevine Center for Autism), collaborating with schools, offering a variety of behaviorally based trainings, consulting on discrete trial programs and developing behavior plans. She is also the mother of a teenage daughter with Down syndrome and autism.
Jessica Royer, MA, BCBA earned her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Behavior Analysis from the University of Kansas. She is the co-owner and supervising consultant of Partners in Behavioral Milestones, Inc. in Kansas City. PBM is a company dedicated to creating meaningful change for individuals with disabilities and their families through various entities including PBM field consulting, Milestones Academy, Community Support Partners and Premier Consulting. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst serving families all over the Kansas City Metropolitan area. She serves as a Board Member of the Kansas Association for Behavior Analysts as well as an active member of the International Association for Behavior Analysis and the Association for Positive Behavior Support. Her professional interests include autism, integration, staff training, parent training and advocacy, social interaction research and training and play skills. In her free time, Jess enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter at the lake.
Ann Schad, LCSW has worked in the field of social work for the past 27 years in the areas of child abuse/neglect, foster care, adoption and eating disorders. For the last 19 years she has worked in various capacities for an autism treatment center called TouchPoint Autism Services. Mrs. Schad currently facilitates ADOS (Autism Diagnostic and Observation Schedule) assessments of children and adults, facilitates parent and sibling support groups, educates medical residents and medical students, conducts school observations/consultations and attends IEP meetings. She provides training and education with regards to autism spectrum disorders to parents and professionals.

streffTodd Streff, MS, BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received his Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is the Executive Director of Great Strides Behavioral Consulting, Inc. which provides services to schools and private families across the United States and internationally. For more than 16 years he has been providing services to a variety of populations including children and adults with autism, mental retardation, dual diagnosis, traumatic brain injury, and typically developing children.

His specializations and experience are in the areas of early intervention for children and adolescents with autism, development of school based ABA programs, training of both school personnel and parents, feeding issues, and addressing behavior problems. He has presented at state and national conventions and various educational conferences, served as an adjunct faculty, and has conducted many workshops, staff trainings and invited lectures in the United States and internationally. In addition to his consultation, he serves on the board of directors for the Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis.

Marlo Payne Thurman, MS is a School Psychologist and Education Consultant who obtained her Specialist Master’s degree from the University of Utah. Marlo has founded both the Center for Education Enrichment and the Brideun School for Exceptional Children located in Lafayette, Colorado. In her private practice, Marlo offers assessment, educational consultation, advocacy, cognitive therapy and social skills training. In designing, directing and administrating the Brideun School, Marlo has created an alternative model of therapeutic education that integrates strength-based learning with individualized, playful teaching allowing different-minded learners to find success. Marlo is active in education reform, researching and speaking extensively on alternative means to reach and teach children with divergent minds.

Marlo specializes in sensory-based learning and arousal. Marlo is currently working on the expansion of her models towards a franchise for new schools and therapy centers. Marlo holds board positions with Brideun Learning Worlds, The Bridge School and the nationally recognized 2E Newsletter. She has been honored for her achievements with feature articles in the New York Times, People Magazine, ADDitude Magazine, The National Special Educator and numerous local venues. Marlo currently sits on the US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) Advisory Panel.

 

 
 

 

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