VOLUME 2, 2019 SUMMIT
VOLUME 2, 2019 SUMMIT
This library of 28 expert interview video sessions is all about helping you to help your child — and your family — thrive. Twenty-eight of the world’s autism and parenting experts and influencers have come together to share the most effective symptom management and parenting strategies for kids with less-obvious (“high-functioning”) autism or Asperger’s, and their parents.
They share insights on the autistic brain and experience, the impact of sensory struggles, behavior, emotions, and regulation, social challenges, life as a teen or adult with autism, empowering your child for success, and so, so much more.
Author of The Out of Sync Child, Sensory Expert
Executive Director of The MEHRIT Centre
OT, Author of Interoception: The 8th Sense
Founder of With Understanding Comes Calm
Certified RDI® Consultant
Psychologists & Co-Creators of the Ziggurat Model
Director of Therapy & Services at HOPE Therapy & Wellness Center
Author of Wired Differently, Founder of TiLT Parenting
Clinical Neuropsychologist with The Stixrud Group
Speech-Language Pathologist/ Associate Clinical Professor
Integrative Pediatrician, Whole Family Wellness
Gifted Ed Coach, Author, RaisingLifelongLearners.com
Pediatrician at The One World Center for Autism
Licensed OT, Private Consultant, ASD Expert
Clinical Psychologist, Co-Developer of RDI®
Child & Adult Psychiatrist, NYT Best-Selling Author
Therapists and Certified PEERS® Instructors
Clinical Psychologist & Author
Executive Function Consultant, Veteran Educator
Director of the Spectrum Support Program at RIT, College Autism Spectrum
Founder & Director of the One World Center for Autism
Professor of Special Education, Consultant & Author
Behavior Analyst, Former Special Ed Teacher, Founder of The Autism Helper
Speech-Language Pathologist, Assistive Tech Specialist, Author
Special Education Navigator
RDI® Consultant, Parent Coach, Special Needs Care Navigator
Join thousands of parents improving life for their children with autism, as well as themselves and their families.
CAROL STOCK KRANOWITZ, MA
Carol Stock Kranowitz, a former teacher, introduced Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) to parents and educators around the world through her groundbreaking book, “The Out-of-Sync Child,” the first publication in her “Sync” series. She speaks internationally about SPD’s effect on children’s learning and behavior and how families, teachers, and professionals can support children as they grow — at home, at school, and out and about.
SUSAN HOPKINS, EdD
Susan Hopkins, Ed.D. is an experienced, passionate educator and advocate for children, families, schools and communities. Over the course of her career, Susan has worked in every area of education from the early years to post-secondary. Susan relocated in 2014 to work with Dr. Stuart Shanker as Executive Director at The MEHRIT Centre. Under her leadership, The MEHRIT Centre has grown into a respected international hub for learning about how to support self-regulation in children and adults via Shanker Self-Reg®.
KELLY MAHLER, MS, OTR/L
Kelly Mahler MS, OTR/L, earned an MS in Occupational Therapy as well as a Post-Professional Pediatric Certificate from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. She is currently a doctoral student at Misericordia University. Kelly has been an occupational therapist for 17 years, serving school-aged children and young adults. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Elizabethtown College. She is co-investigator on several research projects pertaining to autism, interoception and social programming, and is also an international speaker on these subjects.
JULIE F. SKOLNICK, MA, JD
Julie Skolnick, M.A., J.D., founder of With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC, passionately guides parents of gifted and distractible children, mentors 2e adults, and advises educators and professionals on bringing out the best and raising self-esteem in their 2e students and clients. Julie serves as Secretary on the Maryland Superintendent’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Council, is the Maryland liaison for Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG), reviews parenting strand conference proposals, is a Committee member for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), and serves as an advisor to “The G Word” feature documentary currently in production. Julie produces 2 Days of 2e Virtual Conference which includes renowned speakers, discussion forums and a virtual exhibitor hall. A frequent speaker and prolific writer, Julie is also the mother of three twice exceptional children who keep her on her toes and uproariously laughing.
KRISTINE MASTRONARDI & JAKE MASTRONARDI
Kristine Mastronardi is a a RDI® Certified Consultant and Veteran Parent of the RDI® program, Relationship Development Intervention. Kristine began her autism education when her son Jake was diagnosed with autism. Kristine was trained in Applied Behavior Analysis, and created a website www.joeschedule.com to create visual activity schedules. Kristine found RDI® when Jake was nine years old. Inspired by Jake’s profound progress Kristine became a RDI® Consultant, founded MindGuiding, and empowers others to achieve their own success. Kristine works with families in NJ and NY as well as distance families from all over the world in online settings. Kristine guest blogs for Jakes website JakesTakeOnAutism.com where she shares the guide perspective on autism and RDI.
Jake Mastronardi is a Certified Dog Trainer, passionate animal advocate and avid cyclist. Diagnosed with autism, Jake struggled in his daily life, unable to engage, choosing to isolate himself in repetitive behaviors and rituals. Jake’s life was transformed when he began RDI®. Jake developed the ability to form meaningful relationships. Jake progressed from an out of district school placement to a self contained classroom before full inclusion prior to graduating. Jake was a member of his High School Marching Band, Symphonic Band and Track and Field. Jake serves as a peer mentor in online groups with other teens in the program. Jake has created a social media presence with his YouTube Channel Jake’s Take On Autism and website JakesTakeOnAutism.com where he shares his unique perspective of being an adult living with autism.
RUTH ASPY, PhD & BARRY G. GROSSMAN, PhD
Ruth Aspy, PhD, is a licensed psychologist specializing in transdisciplinary assessment and intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. She is co-author of a comprehensive model of intervention, The Ziggurat Model, which earned the Literary Achievement Award from the Autism Society of America. Dr. Aspy has co-authored other works including: FBA to Z; Excelling with Autism; Talk With Me; and High-Functioning Autism and Difficult Moments. She has provided training and consultation throughout the United States and internationally. Her focus is on understanding the underlying characteristics of those with ASD, keeping their neurological/brain differences in mind. She believes that kindness is at the heart of all good intervention strategies. Dr. Aspy has an emphasis on working with females with ASD and with those individuals who have symptoms of catatonia.
Barry G. Grossman, PhD is co-owner of the Ziggurat Group, which specializes in transdisciplinary assessment and comprehensive intervention for individuals with ASD. Dr. Grossman, along with his co-author, Dr. Aspy, wrote The Ziggurat Model—a book on designing interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The Ziggurat Model, which earned the Literary Achievement Award from the Autism Society of America, is being used successfully throughout the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Grossman serves on the Autism Society of America’s Panel of Professional Advisors.
JULIE M. BOWEN, LCSW
Julie Marie Bowen, Director of Therapy and Services at HOPE Therapy and Wellness Center, LLC, holds a LCSW. She is a Certified Trauma Specialist and works with children and adults in the healing process from traumatic experiences. She earned her certification as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and has experience working with teenagers and adults working through the addiction and recovery process. She has practical experience working with children, teens, and adults suffering from depression, anxiety, bullying, anger management, social skills, military families, blended families, substance abuse, trauma, ADHD, and developmental and intellectual disabilities. She is a certified Autplay Therapist. AutPlay is a type of play therapy that benefits children with Autism as well as developmental, learning, social, and impulsive-control disorders. She is a mother of four and a proud military wife.
DEBBIE REBER, MA
Deborah Reber, MA, is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and speaker who moved her career in a more personal direction in 2016 when she founded TiLT Parenting, a top podcast, community, and educational resource for parents who are raising differently wired children. The TiLT Parenting Podcast has grown to be a top podcast in iTunes’ Kids and Family category, with more than 1 million downloads and a slate of guests that includes high-profile thought leaders across the parenting and education space. Debbie’s newest book is “Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World”. In November 2018, she spoke at TEDxAmsterdam, delivering a talk entitled Why the Future Will Be Differently Wired.
DONNA HENDERSON, PSY.D.
When asked to describe herself, Donna writes: “One day, my kids were asking me to explain what I do at work. I didn’t think they wanted to hear about neuropsychological tests and report writing, so I explained it this way: I’m a detective. The mystery is always that a wonderful, bright person is not doing well in school or at work, and I need to figure out why and help them do better. I can only look for clues by spending time with that person, asking them to do different kinds of tasks. I have been doing neuropsych evals for over twenty years and I can honestly say that I am enjoying it now more than ever. No child or adult should have to go through life with an undiagnosed problem, feeling badly about themselves and not knowing how to make things better. In addition to my formal training, I have had additional training at home with my three children, who have taught me all about parenting kids with autism and ADHD.”
ANN-LOUISE T. LOCKHART, PSY.D., ABPP
Dr. Ann-Louise Lockhart is a Pediatric Psychologist and Board Certified in Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. She is the President/Owner at A New Day Pediatric Psychology, PLLC in San Antonio, TX specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with acute and chronic behavioral health and medical conditions. Dr. Lockhart started her practice in 2016 after working 12 years in clinics, schools, and military hospitals. She is also a national speaker and presents to professional audiences on a variety of topics. After experiencing a category 5 hurricane during her senior year of high school and losing her home, she began to understand how powerful our words, language, and thoughts are in the way we perceive our circumstances. She has been married for 20 years and has 2 children (ages 9 and 7).
Penny Williams trains and coaches parents raising kids with ADHD and/or autism. She’s the award-winning author of four books on parenting ADHD — “Boy Without Instructions,” “What to Expect When Parenting Children with ADHD,” “The Insider’s Guide to ADHD,” and “The Hidden Layers of ADHD.” Penny hosts the annual Happy Mama Retreat and the Purposeful Parent Bootcamps, and is also a frequent contributor on parenting and ADHD for ADDitude Magazine and other parenting and special needs publications.
ELISA SONG, MD
Dr. Elisa Song, MD is a holistic pediatrician, pediatric functional medicine expert, and mama. In her integrative pediatric practice, Whole Family Wellness, she’s helped 1000s of kids get to the root causes of their health concerns and helped their parents understand how to help their children thrive – body, mind, and spirit – by integrating conventional pediatrics with functional medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and essential oils. These health concerns have ranged from frequent colds, ear infections, asthma, and eczema; to autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and autoimmune illnesses. Dr. Song has taught around the world on integrative pediatrics topics for multiple podcasts and summits, including Fx Medicine Australia, BioCeuticals Australia, Integrative Medicine for Mental Health, The Center for Education and Development of Clinical Homeopathy, Academy for Pain Research, Center for Advanced Acupuncture Pediatrics, Institute for Functional Medicine, and Holistic Pediatric Association. Dr. Song created Healthy Kids Happy Kids as an online holistic pediatric resource to help practitioners and parents bridge the gap between conventional and integrative pediatrics with an evidence-based, pediatrician-backed approach.
COLLEEN KESSLER, ME.D.
Colleen Kessler is an explorer, tinkerer, educator, writer, creator, and a passionate advocate for the needs of gifted and 2e children. She has a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in gifted studies, and is the founder of the popular podcast and blog Raising Lifelong Learners as well as Raising Poppies, a community of support for parents of gifted children. The author of more than a dozen books for teachers, parents, and kids, Colleen left teaching after more than a decade to write and speak about parenting, education, giftedness, and hands-on learning and play. Homeschooling is an adventure she hadn’t planned on, but she has embraced the opportunity to learn alongside her kids every day, and is inspiring other moms and dads to do the same.
YULANDA SWINDELL, MD
Dr. Yulanda Swindell is the Medical Director and Primary Care Pediatrician for the One World Pediatrics, a division of the One World Center for Autism. She is also one of the founding members of the nonprofit and a longstanding Board member. She brings over 25 years of pediatric expertise to OWCA, having earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Howard University in 1994. Prior to joining the OWCA, Dr. Swindell served as a Pediatrician in a predominately Spanish-speaking private practice. Her very first job was as a Primary Care Provider at North Capitol Kaiser Permanente in Washington, DC. She later worked with developmentally and mentally challenged youth at the Board of Child Care in Washington DC, helping to create the Health Suite. In addition, she served in student health at the University of Maryland, in community medicine with Greater Baden Medical Services, Inc and finally in group medicine with Potomac Physician’s Associates in Annapolis, MD. Her experience has made her a strong advocate for all children. Her approach is collaborative, child centered, and family focused. Dr Swindell has a passion for teaching and strives to improve quality of life for her patients and their families. She has a special interest in children with exceptional needs, having singly raised a now adult son with autism.
KIM CLAIRY, OTR/L WITH MILLER
Kim Clairy, licensed Occupational Therapist, private consultant, ASD expert, and keynote presenter has unique expertise in understanding the interconnections and inner worlds of ASD, SPD, ADHD, and eating disorders. Diagnosed with all four, her life is an ongoing journey of overcoming obstacles and new opportunities. Kim went from being told, “your autism is severe, you need to live in a nursing home,” to conducting didactic and experiential workshops on autism worldwide. As a team, Kim and her husband (mystery novelist, William Miller), educate healthcare clinicians, families, businesses, educators, and the community at large through group discussions, first-hand accounts, and interactive demonstrations. Workshops focus on early childhood through older adulthood and Kim speaks on many facets of life with Autism including topics on: eating disorders, mental illness, SPD, ADHD, accommodating ASD in healthcare, transitioning into adulthood, classroom inclusion, sex and intimate relationships, community integration, and much more! As a class participant explained: “There is Temple and then there is Kim. The experts are the ones living with autism, they are the ones we really need to listen to.”
KATHY DOW-BURGER, CCC-SLP
Kathy Dow-Burger, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland-College Park. She is also the Co-Director of the University of Maryland Autism Research Consortium (UMARC). Kathy is the founder and program designer of the Social Interaction Group Network for All (SIGNA) http://umdsigna.weebly.com/. She and the SIGNA and UMARC team are conducting outcome research on the SIGNA programming and virtual reality (VR) projects related to ASD. She was a speech-language pathologist at Kennedy Krieger Hospital, the Kennedy Krieger Center for Development & Learning Programs & Services and the Kennedy Krieger School in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, she has worked as an SLP at the Katherine Thomas School in Rockville, Maryland as well as in Prince George’s County Public Schools.
RACHELLE SHEELY, PHD
Rachelle K. Sheely, Ph.D., serves as the President of RDIconnect® as well as the head of professional training and supervision. For the past fifteen years she has been a leader in the development and logistical implementation of programs for both families and professionals working with children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities. Along with her extensive clinical training, Dr. Sheely brings an accomplished background in education, art, music and poetry allowing her to inject creativity and originality into the teaching, training and management of the thousands of professionals and families she reaches on a daily basis. Profoundly effecting, Dr. Sheely has spent a lifetime working with children on a professional and personal level. With a gift for moving from observation to intuitive precision, her work extends far beyond treatment, and into the everyday moments that resonate in the lives of her clients.
DR. EDWARD HALLOWELL
Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D., is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist, leading authority in the field of ADHD, the host of “Distraction” – a weekly podcast for thriving in this CrazyBusy world, NY Times best-selling author, world-renowned speaker and the founder of The Hallowell Centers in Boston MetroWest, NYC, San Francisco and Seattle. He has authored twenty books on various psychological topics, including ADHD, the power of the human connection, raising happy children, and managing your “crazybusy” life. Dr. Hallowell is a highly recognized public figure and has appeared on major TV show including Oprah, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America; Today; 60 Minutes and CNN and interviewed for The New York Times, Newsweek, Time and many other leading publications. Learn more at www.drhallowell.com
SARAH WAYLAND, PHD
Sarah Wayland, PhD, is an acclaimed speaker, a certified RDI Consultant, parenting coach, and Special Needs Care Navigator at the company she founded, Guiding Exceptional Parents. She is also one of the co-organizers of this event! She helps parents learn how to confidently and effectively help their children at home, at school, and in the community by learning about everyone in the family and collaborating with them to develop customized strategies that work. Learn more about her at guidingexceptionalparents.com
CARON STAROBIN, LCSW-C & JAMELL WHITE, PHD, LCSW-C
Caron Starobin, LCSW-C, provides individual, couples, family, and group therapy for adolescents, adults, and families at her private practice in Olney, Maryland. Her therapeutic process is rooted in her years of study and practice in Structural Family Therapy and Cultural Competence, Family Systems Studies with the Post-Graduate Program at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, and Relational Life Therapy with the Relational Life Institute. In addition, Caron has over 18 years of experience providing social coaching, social skills groups, and individual and family therapy to autistic children, adolescents, and young adults and their family members. She is a PEERS® Certified Provider. In her private practice, Caron offers Parents Together, a parent support group program that offers parents opportunities to strengthen their capacity to navigate the emotional and practical challenges of raising children, teens, and young adults on the spectrum. She has also presented on autism-related parenting and family issues in various venues throughout the Washington metropolitan area.
Jamell White, Ph.D., LCSW-C is a therapist specializing in working with children, adolescents and adults with Autism and other developmental disabilities. She has over 20 years of experience providing individual and family therapy, social skills intervention, and care coordination for individuals with disabilities and their families. She also serves as a child specialist and consultant for collaborative divorce services. Dr. White has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in social work, a master’s degree in special education, and a doctorate in Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. Dr. White is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Child and Adolescent) at Georgetown University School of Medicine as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Caron and Jamell, together offer MoCo PEERS®, an evidenced-based social skills program for adolescents and young adults, located in Olney, MD.
SHARON SALINE, PSYD
Sharon Saline, Psy.D., clinical psychologist and author of What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew, specializes in how ADHD, learning disabilities and mental health issues affect children, teens, and families. Her unique perspective, namely growing up in a household with a sibling who wrestled with untreated ADHD, combined with decades of clinical experience, assists her in guiding families as they navigate the confusing maze of information, emotions, stress and conflict related to ADHD. She helps them create successful dialogues, interventions and connections.
BRENDAN MAHAN, M ED, MA
Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., MS., host of the ADHD Essentials Podcast, is an internationally recognized ADHD/Executive Function expert, and an engaging, sought-after speaker. He helps individuals, families, schools, and businesses manage the challenges of executive function through an approach that blends education, collaborative problem-solving, and accountability with compassion, humor, and a focus on strengths and growth. Learn more at www.ADHDessentials.com.
LAURIE ACKLES, LMSW
Laurie Ackles is a licensed social worker in upstate New York and a higher education consultant with College Autism Spectrum (CAS), an independent organization of professionals whose purpose is to assist students with autism spectrum disorders and their families. She has served as the Director of the Spectrum Support Program at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) since 2010. Under her leadership, the Spectrum Support Program has become a national leader in addressing the complex needs of an expanding population of degree-seeking college students and job seekers on the autism spectrum. Laurie is also an advisor for Untapped Group, an Australia based organization that is working to create a sustainable neurodiverse employment ecosystem that realizes untapped talent.
ABILA TAZANU, MD
Abila Tazanu , M.D. is the founder and executive director of the One World Center for Autism, Inc. where she serves as the Pediatric Autism Medical Consultant providing diagnostic evaluations and medical care for children and youth with a suspected and/or confirmed diagnosis of autism. She also serves as the medical director for the Prince George’s County Special Needs Identification Physician Support Program, PGSNIPS. This collaborative outreach program designed by One World Center with Prince George’s County Early Intervention Services educates and supports community-based pediatric healthcare providers on the importance of developmental screening and early referrals to life changing educational and therapeutic interventions for children with developmental differences. Prior to her full transition to the above roles, Dr. Tazanu served as a general pediatrician and Clinical Associate at Children’s National Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., as the school based medical consultant for children with special needs. This period of services was preceded by her work in private practice and as a hospitalist and emergency room pediatrician at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.
Dr. Tazanu has five children, three of whom have autism. Her personal struggle to identify her children’s diagnosis and support them created the vision for the One World Center for Autism, Inc. and continues to fuel her passion to help individuals living with autism and related special needs. Her vision is to create a standard of centralized care for all individuals on the spectrum that incorporates family support, community awareness, and comprehensive medical and therapeutic interventions.
DR. STEPHEN SHORE
Diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment ,Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until 4, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a full time professor at Adelphi University and adjunct at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, focusing on aligning best practice in supporting autistic people to lead fulfilling and productive lives. In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is an internationally renowned educator, consultant and author on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, and self-advocacy. His most recent book, College for Students with Disabilities, combines personal stories and research for promoting success in higher education. A current board member of Autism Speaks, and the Organization for Autism Research (OAR), president emeritus of the Asperger/Autism Network, and advisory board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore also serves on the advisory boards AANE, and other autism related organizations.
SASHA LONG, BCBA, MA
Sasha Long, BCBA, M.A., is the founder and president of The Autism Helper, Inc. She is a board certified behavior analyst and former special education teacher. Sasha works full time as a consultant, writer, and behavior analyst. Sasha manages and writes The Autism Helper Blog, as a way to share easy to use and ready to implement strategies and ideas. Sasha also travels internationally as a speaker and consultant providing individualized training and feedback to parents, educators, therapists and administrators in the world of autism. She is currently an adjunct professor in the school of Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Sasha received her undergraduate degree in Special Education from Miami University and has a Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
JOAN GREEN, MA CCC-SLP
Shawna Wingert is a special education teacher turned business consultant, and mom of two brilliant boys with differences and special needs.
Joan L. Green, MA CCC-SLP is a nationally known speech-language pathologist, assistive technology specialist, author, presenter, and mother of 4 young adults. After receiving her formal education at Northwestern University, she has spent the past 30+ years helping children and adults who have a wide range of communication, cognitive, literacy and learning abilities. She provides unique therapy, consultation and training programs using affordable cutting-edge technologies. Joan is also the creator of the TheyMayNotKnow.com free webinar series and the administrator of the free private IST Tech Savvy Solutions Facebook Group. Both were created to support families as well as professionals as they strive to learn to use everyday technologies to support communication and learning. Joan’s most recent book is Assistive Technology in Special Education. 3rd edition: Resources to Support Literacy, Communication, and Learning Differences. She is a frequent presenter for local and national organizations. Her presentations are constantly updated to reflect the forever changing world of affordable technologies.
Kristin Cook is the owner of Spectrum Navigation Services. She ventured into advocacy work after advocating for her own autistic son for several years. Kristin’s passions are teaching parents how to effectively advocate for their children and connecting special needs parents with local resources.