Dr. Wendela Whitcomb Marsh, MA, BCBA, RSD, has been a special education teacher, school psychologist, autism specialist, speaker, writer, counselor, university instructor, and board-certified behavior analyst. She is the mother of two awesome individuals with autism, and was married for twenty-seven years to an amazing man with Asperger's syndrome. People on the spectrum, and the dedicated teachers who work with them, are among her favorite people in the world. Dr. Marsh lives in Salem, Oregon with her three children.
Ronald Caissie Earning a reputation as a trusted advisor, counselor and mediator to parents, families and to the military, Ronald's passion for helping children arose from a situation he witnessed in a traumatic event during his military service overseas After his service to his country, Ronald joined his partner, a physiotherapist, to form a disability management company that focused on physical and psychological effects of trauma on the livelihood of victims. They both facilitated a high return to work ratio and got the people back into the workplace and grew their company to over 30 offices. Later, Ronald returned to private practice to pursue his love in helping people come to a compromising agreement, all in the best interest of their children. Through the connection in the military and his upbringing, Ron has a BA, BSW, MEd in counseling and a PhD. He has also completed numerous courses in family and workplace mediation. He always has wanted the very best for his clients and especially the children as he truly values life, love and the pursuit of happiness. Through his work in his company, Ultimate Progress Mediation & Counselling his goal is to facilitate the best outcome for all. Usually it involves a child or children in the middle so the parents, by focusing on the child instead of on their argument, take the focus away of themselves and unravel their challenges in the process. Ronald endeavors to save his clients time, money and sanity during separation and relationship breakdowns helping people come to mutual agreements and leave on a positive note.
Julie Clark is a writer, artist, and mom of a daughter with Asperger's Syndrome, who possesses a strong desire to increase awareness and understanding of the "pink" in the autism spectrum. Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, with minor studies in French and Studio Art. She is author of Asperger's in Pink: Pearls of Wisdom from Inside the Bubble of Raising a Child with Asperger's. When she isn't writing or creating, she spends time doing volunteer work, running, and is a natural foods enthusiast. Above all, her favorite activity is spending time with her husband and daughter. Julie and her family reside in the South, enjoying ample sunshine and bright blue skies.
Melissa Palmer, Melissa Palmer, author of Baking for Dave: Iris, a 15-year-old girl travels cross states to enter a baking contest, is a writer, nerd, baker, part-time kitchen dancer, wife, and full-time mom. She pulls from her experiences with her own daughters ― the two superheroes who shape and guide her life ― to create the world and characters seen in Baking for Dave. When she's not writing, she's biking or running (either on the road or after one of the many animals in her menagerie).
Dr. Roya Ostovar is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry. She is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and the Director for the Center for Neurodevelopmental Services (CNS), a program serving those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, at McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ostovar has been part of the faculty teaching the Developmental Disabilities (child and adult) courses and rotations in the MGH/McLean psychiatry residency program. An internationally recognized expert in the fields of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, Social Pragmatics Disorder, Social Skills Coaching, and Sensory Processing Disorder. Dr. Ostovar is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder, which received a Creative Child Magazine's Preferred Choice Award, 5 Things You Need to Know About Social Skills Coaching, and the Autism Inventory of Development (AID(TM)) a critical tool used as part of a comprehensive assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Social Pragmatic (Communication) Disorder, both published by Future Horizons.
Bobbi Sheahan is a mom who teamed up with her child's psychologist to write, What I Wish I'd Known About Raising a Child with Autism: A Mom and a Psychologist Offer Heartfelt Advice for the First Five Years. She wrote this book to spare other parents some of the pain, discouragement, and confusion that can accompany the early years of parenting a child who has or may have autism. This is her third book.
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 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 seven books, including Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Asperger's Syndrome and Social Communication Problems; Preparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome; The Social Skills Picture Book; The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond; No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior, and No More Victims: Protecting those with Autism from Cyber Bullying, Internet Predators & Scams. His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, Fox News, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.
Anita Lesko author of Temple Grandin: The Stories I Tell My Friends, is an internationally recognized autism advocate and member of Autism Society of America's Panel of Autistic Advisors. She was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the age of fifty. A graduate of Columbia University, Anita was an honored speaker at the United Nations Headquarters for World Autism Awareness Day 2017. She is a contributing author for numerous publications including the Autism Asperger's Digest and The Mighty, and is a blogger for the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. Anita's first book, Asperger's Syndrome: When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Lemonade, a memoir, was written after she was diagnosed. She co-wrote Been There. Done That. Try This! The Aspie's Guide to Life on Earth with Dr. Tony Attwood and Craig Evans. She lives in Florida.
Karen Simmons is the Founder and CEO of Autism Today, the first online information and resource center for autism worldwide. She brings over twenty years of expertise to the organization and has created over fourteen publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Children with Special Needs and gold medal award- winning The Official Autism 101 Manual. She has hosted sixty-eight conferences in both the biomedical and behavioral autism and special needs space and is deeply rooted in the autism community worldwide. As a parent of six children, two on the spectrum, she strongly believes in manifesting miracles for the global community in a very big way.
Dr. Raun D. Melmed is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician and Director of the Melmed Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is also co-founder and Medical Director of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, and Adjunct Senior Researcher at the Translational Genomics Institute in Phoenix. Dr. Melmed has established physician-training programs for the early identification of infants and toddlers with autism and other developmental and behavioral concerns. He is currently investigating the genetics and phenotypes of autism, as well as the use of novel therapeutic agents in the treatment of ADHD and autism. He is author of Autism and the Extended Family: A Guide for Those Outside the Immediate Family Who Know and Love Someone with Autism and Autism Early Intervention: Fast Facts: A Guide That Explains the Evaluations, Diagnoses, and Treatments for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Paula Aquilla, B.Sc., OT is the author of, Building Bridges through Sensory Integration, 3rd Edition: Therapy for Children with Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders . She has worked with adults and children in clinical, educational, home, and community-based settings. She is an active treating therapist who currently runs a private practice serving families with children who have special needs.
Hartley Steiner lives in the Seattle area with her three sons. She is the award winning author of the SPD Children's book This is Gabriel Making Sense of School, Sensational Journeys and her children's book It's Just a What? Little Sensory Problems with Big Reactions! , as well as an active parent advocate and speaker. She is a contributing writer for S.I. Focus Magazine and Autism Spectrum Quarterly, among dozens of other websites and blogs. You can connect with her online at HartleySteiner.com and on Twitter as @ParentingSPD. When she isn't writing, or dealing with a meltdown, she enjoys spending time in the company of other adults preferably with good food and even better wine.
Elizabeth King Gerlach is the author of Just This Side of Normal: Glimpses into Life with Autism; Apples for Cheyenne: A Story about Autism, Horses and Friendship, as well asAutism Treatment Guide .
Temple Grandin earned her Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois and is currently a Professor at Colorado State University. Dr. Grandin is one of the most respected individuals with high-functioning autism in the world. She presents at conferences nationwide, helping thousands of parents and professionals understand how to help individuals with autism, Asperger's syndrome, and PDD. She is the author of Emergence: Labeled Autistic, Thinking in Pictures, Animals in Translation (which spent many weeks on The New York Times Best-Seller List), The Autistic Brain, and The Loving Push, co-written with Debra Moore, Ph.D. One of the most celebrated -- and effective -- animal advocates on the planet, Dr. Grandin revolutionized animal movement systems and spearheaded reform of the quality of life for the world's agricultural animals.
Carol Gray is the author of The New Social Story Book. She has over twenty-five years of experience educating students with autism. Carol initiated the use of Social Stories(TM) in 1991 and has written numerous articles, chapters, and books on the subject. Currently, Carol works privately with students, parents, and professionals in a variety of educational and vocational settings. Every year, Carol gives many presentations and workshops throughout the world. She addresses topics related to the teaching of social understanding, bullying prevention, and friendship skills. Carol has received several awards for her work and international contributions to the education of individuals with autism and those who work on their behalf. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Dr. Tony Attwood is a practicing clinical psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience. He has worked with over 2000 individuals of all ages with Asperger's syndrome. He presents workshops and runs training courses for parents, professionals, and individuals with AS all over the world, and is a prolific author of articles and books on the subject.