Professional Experience


    Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication Consultant: Assessments, (person, school, family centered)



    Consultant, Autism and Complex Communication Needs. Frederick County Maryland Public Schools


1996 present

    Consultant (AAC). Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education and Cecil County Public Schools



    Consultant, Students with Complex Communication Needs, Washington County Maryland Public Schools



    Member National Academy of Sciences Committee on Educational Interventions for Children with Autism



    Contractor, Maryland Disability Law Center



    Focus on Autism and other Developmental Disabilities, Consulting Editor


2004- present

    Disability and Rehabilitation, Consulting Editor



    Autism Projects Coordinator, Johns Hopkins Center for Technology in Education



    Faculty, Johns Hopkins University Department of Special Education, Teaching Students with Autism, graduate program, curriculum and course development, instructor.




    Author, Meaningful Exchanges for People with Autism: An introduction to AAC, Woodbine House Publishing



    PODDS for Students with Autism. Published in Perspectives in AAC


June, 2009

    Autism and AAC. Exceptional Parent


April 2008

    Guest Editor, American Speech and Hearing Association, Division of AAC, Perspectives in AAC: Autism

    Author: AAC and Autism, Current practices, future directions, Perspectives in AAC.




May 2007

    Communication Power for People with Autism, Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, Fall, 1998



    The effect of an augmentative communication intervention on the communication, behavior and academic program of an adolescent with autism. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities


Fall, 2001

    AAC Supports for Students with Autism: Making the Least Harmful Assumptions, Closing the Gap



    AAC Supports for Students with Autism in Group Instruction, Closing the Gap



Research Experience

    Mentoring teachers as communication partners using Video Self-Modeling



    The implementation (designing communication overlays, taking baseline and intervention data) of a computer-based eye gaze communication system for an adolescent with Rett Syndrome



    The effect of high tech devices on the initiations and responses of resistant communicator with complex communication needs



    The effect of photographic narratives on increase pretend play in young children with complex communication needs and autism



    The relationship between teacher belief systems and literacy supports in classrooms of students with complex communication needs



    Shared adapted literacy: Tools and Strategies



    Increasing engagement of students with autism and complex communication needs through adapted literature



    Teaching parents of children with autism Picture Communication Symbols as a Natural Language to Decrease Levels of Family Stress




Selected Recent Teaching Experiences

    Anne Carlsen Center for Children with Significant Disabilities, Jamestown, ND. Autism and Literacy : Unlocking Language


May, 2010

    Washoe County Board of Education, Reno, NV. Autism and Communication: Research to Practice


April, 2010

    AGOSCI National Tour. Taught seminars on Autism and Communication: Research to Practice in 7 Australian cities: Melbourne, Tasmania, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Townsville, Sydney.


March, 2010

    Hitmessen: Technology Conference of Denmark


Fall, 2008

    Johns Hopkins University



    Virginia State Department of Education


Summer, 2009

    Washington State Department of Education, Summer Curriculum Training


Summer, 2007

    Texas State Department of Education


Summer 2004, Fall, 2009


    Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence: Workshops and Teleconferences


Spring, 2003; Fall, 2006







Professional Development

    Literacy Instruction for Students with Significant Disabilities and Complex Communication Needs, Course taught by Karen Erickson and David Koppenhaver, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


June, 2010

    Systematic Social Skills Instruction for Students with Autism, seminar given by Dr. Scott Bellini

Spring, 2010

    Pragmatically Organized Dynamic Displays, PODDS. Two day training by Gayle Porter, SLP at Maryland AT COOP.


Fall, 2009

    Pivotal Response Treatments, given by Drs. Robert and Lynn Koegel, 2 day training culminating in Level I certification


Summer, 2009

    Partner Assisted Scanning: 3 day training by Linda Burkhart


Spring, 2009

    Write from the Start, A full day training in adapted writing given by Karen Erickson, ISAAC conference, Montreal, Canada,



Summer, 2008

    Assessing research in Autism and AAC, full day workshop given by Ralf Schlosser and Oliver Wendt, ISAAC, Montreal Canada


Summer 2008

    AAC and Young Children with Complex Communication Needs, full day workshop given by Janice Light, Penn State University.


Summer, 2008


    Council for Exceptional Children



    International Society for Augmentative and Augmentative Communication and United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication



    Maryland State Teacher Association and National Education Association



    American Association of University Women



    United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.