Don’t hit that bike, don’t hit that bike, I repeated to myself. Learning to drive at sixteen, I worked hard to steer clear of obstacles in the road. But time and again; my vigilance led me to over-focus on that bike, and the car would veer directly toward where I least wanted it to go. _____________ Fifteen years later, the… Read More
A special professional can make all of the difference to a child with special needs. These professionals did. Read their inspiring stories here.
For the past 25 years, I have been creating fun songs which are simple to play and have used them to teach guitar. A little over one year ago I began applying my teaching methods with an eleven year old child of autism. To my amazement, he has blossomed and his success has changed my life. I have decided to… Read More
The SCTL focuses on understanding the process of how kids and teens connect to one another and make friends. We have a particular focus on researching this process in children, teens, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Using a variety of lab and community-based methods, we study how children and teens develop effective social competence. Then we use this… Read More
As a researcher focusing on autism spectrum disorder (ASD), I have spent many years talking to families about participating in research studies. I try to express the importance of research, why it matters, how it can help us to support children and families, and how much progress we’ve made because of it. But 3 years ago – when I had… Read More
Late last Fall, when my Early Intervention private practice suddenly took on a life of its own, I found myself in need of a website. Having worked for the state for almost 20 years for the NYS Early Intervention Program, it is especially gratifying getting hired privately by families and schools who have seen my work and the progress of… Read More
The question of what makes a meaningful life is often the most fulfilling, joyous, and challenging endeavor one encounters in life. Many people carry on with their daily life, without giving further consideration to whether they are on the path toward a fulfilling existence. It is often only during times of intense conflict or through momentous occasions where these introspections… Read More