Speakers

AEP Connections, LLC is proud to be associated with many highly respected, well known authors and speakers from the autism community and related fields. For additional information on upcoming conferences click here. For further questions email us as info@aepconnections.com.

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Dr. Tony Attwood

Dr. Tony Attwood, Ph.D
A clinical psychologist from Brisbane, Australia, Dr. Tony Attwood has over thirty years of experience with individuals with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). He has worked with several thousand individuals, from infants to octogenarians, from profoundly disabled persons to university professors. Dr. Attwood works in private practice in Brisbane, but is also adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland. He presents workshops and training courses for parents, professionals, and individuals with autism all over the world. In addition, he is a prolific author of scientific papers and books. His books and videos on Asperger's Syndrome and high-functioning autism are recognized as the best offerings in the field. Over 300,000 of his book Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals have been sold, and it has been translated into twenty languages.

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Baker

Jed Baker, Ph.D.
Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, an organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center and several other autism organizations. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides training internationally on the topic of social skills training and managing challenging behaviors. He is an award winning author of five books, including Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Aspergers Syndrome and Social Communication Problems; Preparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome; The Social Skills Picture Book; The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond; and No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior. His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, Fox News, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.

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Ball

James Ball Ed.D., BCBA-D

Dr. James Ball, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral, is the President/Chief Executive Officer of JB Autism Consulting. He has been in the field of autism for over twenty-five years providing preschool, educational, residential, and employment services to children and adults affected by autism. He is also the Director of Clinical Services for New York Families of Autistic Children (NYFAC), a private not-for-profit organization providing support and training for children and families in New York City. He provides private consultation to organizations, schools, and families regarding staff training, parent training, home support services, classroom design/support, and behavior management/assessment. A member of the Autism Society's (AS) National Board of Directors, he is currently the Executive Board Chair and has also served in the past as the co-chairperson of the AS's Panel of Professional Advisors. Dr. Ball has lectured nationally and internationally on various topics related to autism, such as early intervention, inclusion, functional behavior assessment, social skills training, behavior management, direct instruction, sensory issues, and accountability and has won numerous awards including: NYFAC's Autism Inspiration Award; ASA's Publication Award; Autism New Jersey Distinguished Service Award, and most recently was honored at the Phoenix Center in Nutley, New Jersey as "Professional of the Year". He has published in many of the above areas and authored the award winning breakthrough book Early Intervention and Autism: Real-life Questions, Real-life Answers.

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Nicole Beurkens

Nicole Beurkens, Ph.D

Dr. Nicole Beurkens has over 15 years of experience helping hundreds of families impacted by autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, and other neurodevelopmental conditions. She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Master's in Special Education, and is trained in numerous specialty areas relating to autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. A licensed clinical psychologist, Nicole is the Founder and Director of the Horizons Developmental Resource Center in Caledonia, Michigan. She and her team are dedicated to exceptional evaluation and treatment services, research on parent-child interaction and relationships, and professional training on best practices.

With a background in child development, classroom teaching, and family-based therapy, Dr. Beurkens is a published author, international consultant and speaker, and award-winning therapist. Her work has been highlighted by numerous online and print publications, and she's an expert media source. She and her team at Horizons publish an award-winning newsletter for thousands of subscribers each week, and have hundreds of articles and resources available for parents and professionals at www.HorizonsDRC.com.

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Kari Dunn Buron

Kari Dunn Buron, MS

Kari Dunn Buron has been working with students with autism for over 30 years. She recently retired from public school but continues to teach for Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota where she developed an Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate program for educators. Kari is one of the founding members of the Minnesota Autism Network, a statewide network of ASD educational consultants. Kari has done volunteer work specific to autism in Trinidad, Tobago, Barbados, Tanzania and Ghana. In 2003, Kari received a Self-designed Fellowship that allowed her to spend a year interviewing and working internationally with a number of therapists and researchers in the area of Social Cognition, Education and Autism. In 1995 Kari designed a summer camp for youth with Asperger Syndrome which she ran every summer for 14 years. She is the co-author of The Incredible 5-Point Scale, and the author of When My Worries Get Too Big, A 5 Could Make Me Lose Control and A 5 is Against the Law! (2008 ASA literary award winner). Kari is also the co-editor of a textbook for educators titled Learners on the Autism Spectrum: Preparing Highly Qualified Educators (2009 ASA literary award winner) and is the creator of a new social skills magazine designed for students with Asperger Syndrome called The Social Times.

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Judy Endow, MSW

Judy Endow, MSW, maintains a private practice in Madison, Wisconsin, providing consultation for families, school districts and other agencies. Besides having autism herself, she is the parent of three now grown sons, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. Judy does workshops and presentations on a variety of autism related issues, is part of the Wisconsin DPI Statewide Autism Training Team and a board member of both the Autism Society of America, Wisconsin Chapter and the Autism National Committee. In addition, Judy is a member of the Autistic Global Initiative (AGI), a program of Autism Research Institute.

Judy has received the 2010 Autism Society Media Excellence Award for her DVD, The Power of Words: How We Talk about People with Autism Spectrum Disorders Matters! In addition, she has authored the annual Hidden Curriculum Calendar for Older Adolescents and Adults.

Outsmarting Explosive Behavior: A Visual System of Support and Intervention for Individuals with Autism Disorders and Practical Solutions for Stabilizing Students with Classic Autism to Be Ready to Learn: Getting to Go are Judy’s most recent books.

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Ernsperger

Dr. Lori Ernsperger

Dr. Lori Ernsperger is an international speaker and author. She is from Las Vegas, NV where she is the owner of Autism and Behavioral Consulting. Dr. Lori received her doctorate in Education from Indiana University. She has over 27 years of experience working in the public schools as a classroom teacher, administrator, and behavioral consultant. Dr. Lori is also a college professor for St. Petersburg College, Florida. Dr. Lori currently provides training and conference workshops to school district professionals and parents. She is the author of three books: Keys to Success for Teaching Students with Autism and Just Take a Bite: Easy Effective Answers to Food Aversions and Eating Challenges and Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Timothy P. Kowalsk, M.A., CCC-SLP

Timothy P. Kowalsk, M.A., CCC-SLP is internationally known for his work with Asperger Syndrome. His Orlando practice has seen clients from Europe, South America and throughout the USA. He regularly consults to schools on best practices for students identified or suspected of having Asperger syndrome and provides school-wide district in-services. He is a guest lecturer at universities and colleges and is also a consultant for forensic cases involving Asperger syndrome. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (M.A.) in Cleveland and Southern Connecticut State College (B.A.) in New Haven. Tim is the author of six books on Asperger syndrome and is the recipient of the “2010 Clinician of the Year Award” offered by the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and the 2011 FLASHA nominee for the ASHA Louis M. di Carlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement. He also holds the “TEAMS 2000 Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year” award for his work with autism in the four-countywide greater Orlando, Florida metropolitan area and has served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Orlando Chapter of the Autism Society of America.

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Martin L. Kutscher, M.D.

Martin L. Kutscher, M.D. is board certified in Pediatrics and in Neurology, with Special Competency in Child Neurology. He lectures internationally, and is author of five recent books, including Organizing the Disorganized Child (with Marcella Moran); ADHD: Living without Brakes, Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger’s, Tourette’s, Bipolar and More: The one stop guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals and The ADHD BOOK: Living Right Now! A graduate of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, he completed his pediatrics at Temple University’s St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and a pediatric neurology fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Kutscher was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and of Neurology at the New York Medical College for more than two decades. Dr. Kutscher’s medical practice is limited to pediatric behavioral neurology. He is author of the website www.SyndromeMix.com.

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Leah Kuypers, M.A. Ed., OTR/L

Leah earned a BS degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Graduate Certificate in Autism and a MA in Education from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. She has practiced as an OT/autism specialist in school and clinical settings, specializing in self-regulation and social learning, and has worked with students of all ages and challenges, including anxiety, ADHD, and ASD. Leah created The Zones of Regulation® (www.zonesofregulation.com), a framework designed to teach self-regulation, and is author of the book by same name (2011, Social Thinking Publishing). In addition to working with students, she provides trainings and consultation to parents and professionals on self-regulation and challenging behavior, as well as offers workshops on the Zones to groups across North America. She currently resides in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, son, daughter and dog.


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Kate McGinnity, M.S.

Kate is an experienced classroom teacher, trainer & author as well as a nationally recognized consultant in the field of autism. She has over 30 years experience working with individuals with autism and their families. During her tenure as a teacher, Kate was recognized as the Wisconsin and National Teacher of the Year by the Autism Society of America. Kate and her husband foster parented an adolescent with autism for several years until he reached adulthood. She is currently involved in private practice providing training and consultation to professionals and parents as well as collaborating, counseling and yoga to individuals on the autism spectrum. Kate has been a core trainer and developer for the Wisconsin Statewide Autism Training project through DPI for over 25 years. Kate is the co-author of the following books, both available @ cbrpress.com: "Walk Awhile in My Autism" and "Lights! Camera! Autism! Using Videotechnology to Enhance Lives. " She is committed to bringing her passion and compassion to every aspect of her work and life.

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Kathy Morris, M.Ed

Kathy Morris, M.Ed., has had over 42 years of experience working with children and adolescents with severe behavioral difficulties including those with autism, ADHD and executive dysfunction. Her business, igivuWings, has reached families, educators, counselors, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and medical professionals throughout the world. She has been a speech therapist, teacher for self-contained programs, resource teacher and first grade teacher. She was also a diagnostician/supervisor for all grade levels. She was a LIFE Skills/ autism/behavior/assistive technology consultant at a Texas education service center before leaving to start her own business in 1999. A prolific speaker, Kathy has keynoted many national/international conferences. She provides technical assistance in classrooms across the U.S., Canada, and several international countries. She is a frequent guest on a local news program promoting research-based techniques for working with children and adolescents with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and executive functioning differences. Her video, Facilitating the Classroom Learning of Students with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism, Grades K-6, has been a popular addition for campus and district staff developments as well as for those in clinical practices. In addition, she has an audio CD, Practical Strategies for Working with Students with Social Cognitive Differences in the General Education Classroom. Kathy was honored as Outstanding Educator for Children with Disabilities (1997) and a delegate for the President’s Commission on Special Education (2002).

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Kathryn Phillips, M.A.

Kathryn Phillips, M.A., is a life-long educator and the founder and president of Total Behavior Management an international consulting company that provides support to educators, specialists, and families of special needs children. She has worked with individuals from preschool through adulthood in administrative, teaching, counseling and diagnostic capacities management in inclusive, academic and non-academic settings.. Kathryn provides practical strategies for those who work with students with ASD, brain injuries, emotional and behavioral challenges, as well as students with executive function difficulties, sensory processing disorder and attention deficit disorder. Kathryn is a also a member of the National School Psychologists Association and the National Speakers Association. Kathryn lives in Bend Oregon and is the proud grandmother of four (perfect) grandchildren. She can be contacted through http://www.totalbehaviormanagement.com.

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Brenda Smith Myles Ph.D.
Brenda Smith Myles Ph.D., a consultant with the Ziggurat Group and the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Chief Program Officer for the Autism Society of America, is the recipient of the 2004 Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Professional Award and the 2006 Princeton Fellowship Award. She has written numerous articles and books on Asperger Syndrome and autism including Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns (with Southwick) and Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success (with Adreon). The latter is the winner of the Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Literary Work. Brenda has made over 500 presentations all over the world, written more than 150 articles and books on autism and Asperger Syndrome, and served as the co-chair of the National ASD Teacher Standards Committee. Myles is also on the executive boards of several organizations, including the Organization for Autism Research and Maap Services Inc. In addition, she was recently acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world from 1997 to 2004.

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Rebecca Moyes

Rebecca Moyes, M.Ed.

Rebecca Moyes, M.Ed., is a former regular education teacher for nine years in public and private schools in Pennsylvania. She has two children currently in college, one of whom has Asperger’s syndrome. She left her teaching position to become an autism inclusion consultant. Today, she serves as the director of the Pressley Ridge School for Autism in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rebecca also serves as an autism presenter with the Bureau of Education Research and travels to many cities throughout the United State. She is highly recognized as an authority in the field of autism education and as an educational advocate for students with PDD.

Rebecca is the author of three books. Her first two books were published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. “Incorporating Social Goals in the Classroom –A Guide for Teachers and Parents of Children with High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome” was published in 2001. Her second book, “Addressing the Challenging Behavior of Children with High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome in the Classroom,” was published in 2002. Her third book, published by Future Horizons Publishers, received the I-Parenting Media Award. It is titled: “I Need Help with School.” This book helps parents to write effective IEP’s for their children. She has recently released a fourth book: “Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms” this past fall. In the winter of 2012, her new book “Visual Strategies to Teach Social Skills,” will be published by Future Horizons Publishers.

In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys reading and gardening, and anything else that provides some sensory down-time!

Rebecca can be contacted through Future Horizons publishers or by email at bmoyes123@aol.com.

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O'Toole

Jennifer O’Toole
Jennifer was diagnosed as an Aspie in adulthood, is the mother of thee Asperkids, and the wife of an Aspie. She graduated with honors from Brown University and has since studied a the Graduate School of Social Work at Columbia University and Graduate School of Education at Queens University.

O’Toole is a featured columnist for Autism Asperger’s Digest and is the winner of the 2012 Temple Grandin Award, AuKids Speaker of the Year and a nominee for the 2012 Autism Society Book Award.

Jennifer is an award winning educator and author of the internationally-celebrated “Asperkids” book series which include:

Asperkids: An Insiders’s Guide to Loving, Understanding and Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome (May 2012), The Asperkids’ (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Guidelines for Teens and Tweens (October 2012), The Asperkid’s Launch Pad: Home Design That Empowers Everyday Superheroes (May 2013), The Asperkid’s Not-Your Average Coloring Book (October 2013), The Asperkid’s Game Plan: Purposeful Play, Extraordinary Minds….Ordinary Stuff (November 2013).


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Terri Rossman


Terri Rossman, M.S., CCC-SLP
Terri holds degrees from Ithaca College and Boston University in Communication Sciences .She has practiced as a speech-language pathologist for over 30 years in schools, hospitals and clinical settings. She is the founder and owner of Princeton Speech-Language & Learning Center and the Social Village at PSLLC. Terri has an active caseload and works with students of all ages and with social learning and self-regulation challenges, including ADHD, ASD and anxiety.

Terri has worked closely with Leah Kuypers, creator of The Zones of Regulation over the last few years as a sounding board of ideas and insights and most recently to co-author a Zones of Regulation therapeutic board game with Kuypers and Elizabeth Sautter. Terri has joined Leah Kuypers to provide workshops on The Zones of Regulation across North America. Terri has presented many workshops on a variety of topics to preschools, school districts, private schools, therapists and parent groups across the county, including at the 2015 International Social Thinking Providers Conference.

She currently resides in Princeton, NJ, with her husband, and dogs.

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Dr. Patrick Schwarz

Patrick Schwarz, Ph.D.

Dr. Patrick Schwarz is a dynamic and engaging professor, author, motivational speaker and leader in Education (Inclusive Education, Special Education, General Education, Educational Leadership) and Human Services. He is a professor at National-Louis University, Chicago. Patrick’s company is Creative Culture Consulting LLC. He is the coauthor of From Disability to Possibility, You’re Welcome, Just Give Him the Whale, and the upcoming Pedro’s Whale.

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Stephen Shore, Ph.D.

Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism. In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure as discussed in his books Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Ask and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, the critically acclaimed Understanding Autism for Dummies, and the newly released DVD Living along the Autism Spectrum: What it means to have Autism or Asperger Syndrome. President emeritus of the Asperger's Association of New England, Dr. Shore serves in the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, the Board of Directors for Autism Society of America, Advocates for High Functioning Autism, and other autism related organizations.

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Sean Smith, Ph.D.

Sean Smith, Ph.D. is an associate professor at the University of Kansas in the Department of Special Education where he currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. In addition, he serves as part of the Center for Research on Learning, the e-Learning Design Lab management team and the Advanced Learning Technologies Advisory Group. Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in Special Education-Technology Integration from the University of Virginia in 1997. He specializes in the integration of instructional/assistive technology into the lives of individuals with disabilities and their respective educational professionals. He is the author of “Exceptional Lives: Special Education in Today’s Schools” as well as numerous journal articles.

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Elizabeth Sautter, M.A. CCC

Elizabeth Sautter, M.A. CCC, is a licensed speech and language pathologist and co-director/co-owner of Communication Works, a private practice offering speech, language, and social support in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has worked with preschool to adult clients and their families since 1996 in private practice, schools, and hospitals, specializing in social communication, self-regulation, and executive functioning. She has co-authored two popular children’s books with Kristen Wilson, Whole Body Listening Larry at Home and Whole Body Listening Larry at School (www.socialthinking.com) and a resource book for social/emotional learning, Make Social Learning Stick! How to Guide and Nurture Social Competence Through Everyday Routines and Activities (aapcpublishing.com). Elizabeth has worked with Leah Kuypers in the clinic setting, supporting clients and running group therapy. They have presented and written articles together as well as developed curriculum with Terri Rossman. Elizabeth conducts trainings for parents/caregivers and professionals and is thrilled to join Leah as a collaborative speaker for The Zones of Regulation. On a personal note, Elizabeth’s relationships with her son, sister, and extended family members with special needs have made her work a lifelong endeavor. She lives with her husband, two sons, dog, and cat in Northern California.

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Susan L. Stokes, M.A., CCC-SLP, Educational Autism Consultant

Susan L. Stokes, M.A., CCC-SLP has specialized in the area of autism spectrum disorder as both a speech/language pathologist and autism consultant for 25 years. She has presented at many state and national workshops/conferences, and frequently provides trainings on visual supports, assistive technology and all related aspects of ASD to various groups across the country. Susan is published in Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disroder: A Step-by-Step Guide for Educators. Chapters 8, 13, & 14. Edited by Roger Pierangelo and George Giuliani. She is also the author of "Autism: Interventions and Strategies for Success", a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction publication available at www.cesa7.k12.wi.us/sped/autism/index2.htm.

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Sheila Wagner

Sheila Wagner, M.Ed.
Ms Wagner earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and her graduate degree from Georgia State University. Ms Wagner is a national and international lecturer on educating students with Autism Spectrum Disorders specializing in inclusive programming. She is a published author of three books on inclusive programming for students with ASD, a pamphlet on Asperger’s syndrome, a contributor to Temple Grandin and Tony Attwood’s Asperger’s and Girls text, is a certified special educator, teacher trainer, school and student consultant inside and outside of Georgia and has close to 30 years of involvement in the education of students with ASD. Ms. Wagner also writes companion articles for NBC.com’s website on their television program Parenthood under “Ask the Expert” link. Ms. Wagner lives in the Atlanta area with her husband, Tom.

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Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP
Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP and Co-Director has over 15 years experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment and 
case management of children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of developmental and acquired brain based learning difficulties and behavioral problems including: Attention Deficit Disorder, Verbal Learning Disabilities, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, Asperger Syndrome, Other Social-Cognitive Learning Disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Acquired Brain Injury.

Her particular interest is in the assessment and treatment of executive function deficits. Sarah also provides consultation and expert witness testimony regarding the symptoms and functional presentation of deficits associated with brain based learning disabilities and the appropriateness of academic placement and treatment programs. She became a specialist in the assessment and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury with an emphasis on the treatment of executive functions. She subsequently began to train graduate students in speech and language pathology, medical and special education professionals on the symptoms and treatment methods to improve the language, cognitive, executive function and social skills of brain based disorders. Sarah is a Past President of the Massachusetts Brain Injury Association, member of the Massachusetts Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Board and the National Institutes of Health Model Systems Traumatic Brain Injury Grant Advisory Board and is a member of the American Speech and Language Hearing Association. She holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions where she provides instruction to graduate level students in the assessment techniques, development of therapeutic objectives, and intervention strategies for individuals with traumatic brain injury. Sarah is dedicated to developing innovative treatment strategies and educating the community to understand, care for and celebrate the learning and behavioral based differences in individuals with brain based learning differences. A popular speaker, Sarah regularly presents locally, nationally and internationally on the topic of executive functions to a variety of professional and parent organizations, school and lay groups. She has presented to and consulted with over 350 public and private schools in Massachusetts and across the United States. Sarah has received numerous awards including:

Distinguished Alumni Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, May, 2005.

Faculty in Excellence Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, May, 2002 and 2011

Partners in Excellence Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital, December, 1998

Stephanie Macaluso Expertise in Clinical Practice Award for the Massachusetts General Hospital , June 1998.