The Team

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Rebecca Silva

Educational Consultant and Author

Rebecca has dedicated her 40-year career to improving the lives of students with disabilities and their families as a teacher, administrator, professional development specialist, and university instructor. She has authored books and other resources related to autism, assessment, and transition from school to career and adult life.

Ruth Prystash

Editor, Writer, Teacher, and Consultant

Ruth has worked with individuals with autism for over 40 years. She is an award-winning teacher, staff development specialist, and consultant. She currently works as an editor and writer.


René DeLoss

Teacher and Editor

René has worked with individuals on the spectrum since 2005 as a special education teacher, an editor and author, and an in-home tutor. She specializes in individualized instruction, effective teaching strategies, and collaboration with families.

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Carol Burmeister

Educational Consultant and Author

Carol has over 40 years of experience as a paraprofessional, general education teacher, special education teacher, program specialist, university instructor, and consultant. Most recently, her work has focused on the crucial topic of executive function (EF), helping parents and educators understand the social, academic, and behavioral challenges that accompany EF deficits and how teaching specific skills early can have a positive impact on adulthood.

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The Contributing Authors


Tony Attwood, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Author, Speaker, Consultant at Minds and Hearts Clinic, Brisbane, Professor, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia


Amanda Backer, MEd, Founder, California Autism Network, California 


Jek Barrozo, MA, OTR/L, ATP, Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Specialist, California


Maureen Bennie, Director, Autism Awareness Centre Inc., Alberta, Canada 


Larry Bissonnette, Disability Rights Advocate and Artist, Vermont 

Jason and Lesley Clark, Parents of Jalon, California 


Jennifer Cork, LCSW, Individual and Family Therapist, Idaho 


Awit Dalusong, PhD, BCBA-D and Edward Dalusong, PhD, Parents of Ethan, California


Tracey DeMaria, OTD, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Advocate, Parent, New Jersey/Pennsylvania


Sydney Edmond, Painter, Poet, Public Speaker with Autism, and Advisor to the Autism Society Inland Empire, California 


JÂcqûelyn H. Fede, PhD, Co-Director, Autism Level UP!, Rhode Island


Kiti Freier-Randall, PhD, Medical Director, Inland Empire Autism Assessment Center of Excellence, Professor, Loma Linda University Health, California

Amy Gaffney, MA, CCC-SLP, Educational Consultant, Speech-Language Pathologist, Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Indiana 

Vanessa Castañeda Gill, CEO and Co-founder, Social Cipher, California

Temple Grandin, PhD, Professor, Department of Animal Science, Colorado State University, Colorado

Jill Hudson, Coordinator, National and State Partnerships, OCALICON, Ohio

Jeffrey Jessum, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Author, Speaker, and Co-founder of Social Detective Academy, California

Lisa Kistler, MA, Educational Consultant and Coach, California

Amy C. Laurent, PhD, OTR/L, Co-Director, Autism Level UP! Rhode Island

Kelly Londenberg, BS, COTA/L, Autistic Adult and Licensed Pediatric Occupational Therapy Assistant, California

Kerry Magro, EdD, Professional Speaker, Author, Autism Entertainment Consultant, and Autistic Self-Advocate, New Jersey

Bea Moise, MS, BCCS, Board-Certified Cognitive Specialist, Parenting Coach, Author, and National Speaker, North Carolina

Linda Murdock, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Communication Sciences and Disorders department, University of Montevallo, Alabama 

Robert Pennington, PhD, BCBA-D, Lake & Edward J Snyder, Jr. Distinguished Professor, Special Education and Child Development, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Sandy Petrovic, RN, BSN, Instructional Advisor/Tutor, Notre Dame College/Thrive Learning Center, Parent of David, Ohio

David Petrovic, BA, MAT, Autistic Adult, Middle School/Junior High Teacher, Author, and National Speaker, Ohio

Monique Pinczynski, MEd, Special Education Teacher and Doctoral Studies Student in Special Education, North Carolina

Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D, Director, Indiana Resource Center for Autism and the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative at Indiana’s Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University

Cort Rogers, Student, Newcastle Independent School District, Texas

Elizabeth Sautter, MA, CCC-SLP, Director, Communication Works, Author/Trainer, California

Jennifer M. Schmidt, MEd, Author and Speaker, High School Special Education Teacher, Beavercreek High School, Ohio

Gail Shoffey, DCSc, Autistic Adult and Advanced Education Tutor, California

Stephen Shore, EdD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Special Education, Author, Presenter, and Consultant, Adelphi University, Massachusetts and New York

Christa Smith, MA, Special Education Administrator, California

Gaby Toledo, MA, Director of Special Education, Beaumont Unified School District, California

Lillian Vasquez, Parent of Grant, Radio Host and Producer, Autism Advocate, California

Peter Vermeulen, MSc, PhD, Clinical Educationalist, Lecturer and Author, Autism in Context, Belgium 

Wilma Wake, PhD, LCSW, Autistic Adult and Social Worker, Maine

Sheri Wilkins, PhD, President, Innovative Educational Solutions, LLC, California and France

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