Professional Experience

Experience

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

 

1994-present

    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

 

2001-2010

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

 

2002-present

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

 

1999-2001

    Contractor, Maryland Disability Law Center

 

2006-2007

    Focus on Autism and other Developmental Disabilities, Consulting Editor

 

2004- present

    Disability and Rehabilitation, Consulting Editor

 

2009-2010

    Autism Projects Coordinator, Johns Hopkins Center for Technology in Education

 

1996-1999

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

 

1995-2001

Publications

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

 

2005

    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

 

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

 

2007

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

 

2004

Research Experience

    Mentoring teachers as communication partners using Video Self-Modeling

 

2010

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

 

2007-present

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

 

2007-present

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

 

2007-present

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

 

2006

    Shared adapted literacy: Tools and Strategies

 

2006

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

 

2003-2005

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

 

 

1994-1995

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

 

1995-2002

    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

Affiliations/Memberships

    Council for Exceptional Children

 

1999-present

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

 

2002-present

    Maryland State Teacher Association and National Education Association

 

1988-present

    American Association of University Women

 

2001-present

    United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.