“Sensory Challenges and Individual Strengths”
Dr. Temple Grandin is one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with Autism in the world. Her fascinating life, with all its challenges and successes, has been brought to the silver screen. Dr. Grandin has penned many books to better help people see the world the way it appears to those living with Autism. She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio), a BBC special called “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow”, ABC’s Primetime Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours and 20/20. Dr. Grandin is the topic of many articles in national publications; Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and New York Times.
Michelle Garcia Winner is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) specializing in the treatment of students with social cognitive deficits at the Social Thinking Center, her clinic in San Jose, California. Social Thinking aims to reach those “bright but socially clueless students” who needed more information than just what social skill to use. Ms. Garcia Winner coined the term “Social Thinking®” in the mid-1990s and developed the Social Thinking framework to include information, vocabulary, curriculum, and strategies to help individuals with social learning challenges become better social thinkers.
“10 Obstacles And School Success”
Rich Weinfeld is the director of the Weinfeld Education Group. Based just outside Washington, D.C., WEG provides advocacy, assessment, related student services, and training to help every student realize their potential. Mr. Weinfeld’s forte is working with gifted students with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and emotional disturbance. His books include Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties: Overcoming Obstacles and Realizing Potential; Helping Boys Succeed in School; School Success for Student’s with Asperger’s Syndrome, and Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book.
Izzy Paskowitz and his wife Danielle, own and operate the world-famous Paskowitz Surf Camp and run the non-profit organization Surfers Healing offering free surfing day camps to hundreds of autistic children annually. Izzy has dozens of longboard titles including the 1988 Hang Ten World Championship under his feet. He and his family call San Juan Capistrano, CA home.
“Autism Blueprint For Success”
Karen Derman, a psychotherapist, author, and consultant, has helped thousands of children and their families for the past 25 years. Ms. Derman is the author of 102 Tips to Take Charge of Your Child’s A.D.D. She is also the coordinator of the Autism Program and Director of Parent Training at a Los Angeles hospital. Karen is currently being featured in a video, “The Changing Face of Autism.”
Dr. Chris Tice holds a post-doctoral degree in Neurology, is a chiropractor and carries a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Along with his long time friend and colleague Dr. Michael Orlando, they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their wildly popular program Brain Abilities. For more than a decade, they have helped children and adults suffering from neuro-develomental, emotional, social, cognitive and academic challenges.
“The World According To Jake”
Jenn Lynn feels passionately about helping families touched by autism. She has extensive behavior training from her work in special education (public/private schools), ABA experience and raising her own son on the spectrum. The former TV news producer currently speaks and writes uplifting stories of her family’s own spectrum experiences in TheWorldAccordingtoJake.com, is a contributor to the Organization for Autism Research Newsletter, performs/teaches flute/piccolo and works part-time for a local education advocacy/assessment group called Weinfeld Education Group.
“Evidence Based Social Skills Training”
Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson is Director of The Help Group, UCLA Autism Research Alliance. The collaborative research initiative is dedicated to developing and expanding applied clinical research in the education and treatment of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Laugeson is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She directs the UCLA PEERS Program, an outpatient clinic providing parent-assisted social skills training for adolescents and young adults with ASD and other social impairments.
“Ride On And Hippotherapy”
Trudy Epstein is an Occupational Therapist as well as a Board Certified Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist. Trudy serves as Apprentice Faculty for the American Hippotherapy Association. With more than 35 years clinical experience in occupational therapy, she has worked in physical and neurologic rehabilitation, pediatrics, and early intervention. Ms. Epstein’s lifelong love for horses led to the combination of both careers with a passion to help children.
Kathryn Kegley (formerly, Kathryn Meister) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her MA from Pepperdine University and is currently an adjunct professor at Pepperdine’s Malibu campus teaching various psychology courses. Ms. Kegley, specializes in treating individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. She realized the dream of starting her own practice where she could treat the individuals and families who are facing and embracing the beautiful world of Autism. She practices in Thousand Oaks, CA.
“Acting On The Spectrum”
William Parish is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, The National Theater Institute, the Moscow Art Theater, The Ballroom Dance Academy, and holds a bachelor in Theater from Occidental College. Parish also earned an advanced certificate with high recommendation from the British Society of Fight Directors and is a certified Ballroom teacher through the Dance Vision International Dance Association. He feels “extremely blessed” to share his extensive expertise at the Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory by co-directing an acting academy for autistic students every summer.
James M. Costello is the founder of the Neuro-fit Systems, Inc. and the developer of the Neuro-fit® program. Costello began his work as a Chiropractor, practicing for 18 years before departing the field to pursue interventions in the field of addiction and compulsive disorders.
While practicing and concurrently studying the neurology, Costello began creating his own protocol and applying principals to Autism Spectrum Disorders. Over a 12-year period developed his own unique program based on the principals of neurloplasticity and developmental neurology, cumulating in the founding of Neuro-fit in 2011.
His work with autism has returned impressive results in case studies, and has garnered further of researchers. Neuro-fit is currently engaged in a research study with UCLA acting as the sole recruitment site as well as the treatment constant for both study groups. Costello’s work has also been featured on the PBS special “Autistic Like – Graham’s Story.”
Dr. Sacco is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and has a Ph. D. in Psychology from the Humanistic Psychology Institute. Currently, he is the President of Community Services Institute, a private licensed mental health clinic serving multiple-problem families referred by the state for child abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.
Dr. Sacco pioneered the use of home-based interventions with hard-to-reach, often violent and resistant families. He has published over a dozen papers and books chapters on family therapy and community violence. He has been a program developer in the USA as well as in Jamaica. He specializes in violence reduction at home, in the school, and at the workplace. He is an experienced mediator, presenter and expert witness in cases of protective services and violence. He has consulted with the FBI on school shootings.
Dr. Sacco is a Second Degree Black Belt in Han-Pul Martial arts and is active in developing special applications of traditional martial arts to violent adolescents, bully prevention, self protection, and other personal safety training.
Roberta Scherf is the creator of Me Moves, a DVD series of evidence-based movement that cuts across technology and taps into our primitive and intuitive need to listen, move, and connect. Most of all, MeMoves™ helps children of all ages calm their minds as it removes the stresses that hinder development. We are excited about MeMoves™ and hope your family loves it.
“Pivotal Response Treatment”
Dr. Lynn Koegel along with her husband Robert, are the developers of Pivotal Response Treatment® which focuses on motivation. They were the recipients of the first annual Children’s Television Workshop Sesame Street Award for “Brightening the Lives of Children” and the first annual Autism Speaks award for “Science and Research.”
In addition, Dr. Lynn Koegel appeared on ABC’s hit show “Supernanny” working with a child with autism.
“Sound Healing And The Mind-Body Connection”
John Beaulieu, N.D., Ph.D., is one of the foremost philosophers and major innovators in the area of sound healing therapies. A world-renowned speaker, composer, pianist, and naturopathic doctor, Dr. Beaulieu has pioneered a technique called BioSonic Repatterning™, a natural method of healing and consciousness development using tuning forks and other sound modalities based on the sonic ratios inherent in nature.
“The Art Of Autism”
Debra Hosseini, authored Artism: The Art of Autism and is a mom of three children. Her youngest child, Kevin, is featured in this book. After Kevin was diagnosed with autism at age four, Debra left her full-time career as a computer analyst to become a stay at home mom and now dedicates her time to creating a better world for children and individuals with disabilities.
Ms. Hosseini was a founding board member with several organizations that serve individuals with autism and developmental disabilities in Santa Barbara and Carpinteria, California. She now writes and curates art exhibits for people with autism and developmental disabilities.
“10 Steps To Empowerment For Parents”
Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson is formerly an Emmy award-winning television producer and executive. Nancy feels her most important assignment came after her adopted son Wyatt was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. As a result, she became the executive director of the non-profit Autism Care and Treatment Today! The mission of ACT Today! is to provide resources and fund grants for children whose families cannot afford the necessary tools their child needs to progress with autism.
“Autism Movement Therapy”
Joanne Lara is an adjunct professor at National University in the department of Special Education in Los Angeles, California. Lara earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education; Moderate/Severe & Multiple Disabilities from California State University, Northridge and a B.A. in Dance from the University of South Florida. She holds a California Moderate/Severe Education Specialist K-12 teaching credential and taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District for more than 10 years, where she worked exclusively with students with autism. Ms. Lara is also the director of the behavioral ABA branch of Autism Movement Therapy-AMT based in Los Angeles, California.
Candace McDonald is the Executive Director of Generation Rescue, a non-profit organization spearheaded by JB Handley and Jenny McCarthy. Candace understands the autism community is incredibly special.
Generation Rescue strives to improve quality of life for those living with autism by providing guidance and support for medical treatment.
Julie Matthews is an internationally respected autism diet and nutrition specialist. As a Certified Nutrition Consultant, Julie provides diet and nutrition intervention guidance backed by extensive scientific research and applied clinical experience.
She has helped thousands of children worldwide through her public education programs, conferences sessions, private consultations, her blog, and website. Julie serves on the scientific advisory panel of The Autism File, and is an honored member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP), and is a co-founder of Nourishing Hope.
“The Call To Brilliance”
Resa Steindel Brown’s expertise is in building educational processes and environments enabling children to find their passion and develop their individual and innate brilliance. She maintains Elementary, Secondary and Community College credentials in multiple subject areas. She has been teaching for over thirty-six years from kindergarten through the university level.
“Genetics and Autism”
Dr. Daniel Geschwind is the Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor of neurology, psychiatry and human genetics at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is director of the Neurogenetics Program and the Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) and co-director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics in the Semel Institute at UCLA.
Dr. Geschwind obtained an A.B. in psychology and chemistry at Dartmouth College and his M.D./Ph.D. at Yale School of Medicine prior to completing his internship, residency (Neurology), and postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA. He joined the UCLA faculty in 1997, founding the neurogenetics program. His laboratory aims to develop a mechanistic understanding of neuropsychiatric diseases, such as autism and neurodegenerative diseases, and their relationship to the range of normal human higher cognitive function and behavior. He has published over 300 papers and serves on the editorial boards of several journals including Biological Psychiatry, Neurobiology of Disease, Human Molecular Genetics, Neuron and Science.
He received the Derek Denny-Brown Neurological Scholar Award from the American Neurological Association in 2004, the Scientific Service Award from Autism Speaks in 2007, the Ruane Prize for Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research from the Brain and Behavior foundation in 2012, and is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
Sadly, Dr. Maya Angelou passed this year. It was a great honor to speak with her, one that I will cherish always. She told me to “Keep unwinding autism, please.”
Thank you Dr. Angelou for continuing to inspire us all.