• Mona Delahooke
    Mona Delahooke, PhD
    Mona M. Delahooke, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in the development of infants, children, and their families. She has received specialized training as an infant mental health specialist, and works widely with multi- disciplinary teams supporting children with developmental or emotional...
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    Cindy Harrison
    Cindy Harrison, MSc Reg CASLPO
    Cynthia Harrison is the President of CommuniCare Therapy, a rehabilitation company that provides speech language pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, registered dietetics, and social work. She is a speech language pathologist and her area of clinical focus is the provision of assessment a...
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    Constance Lillas
    Constance Lillas, PhD, MFT, RN
    Director of the Interdisciplinary Training Institute, Los Angeles /Connie Lillas, PhD, MFT, RN is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Training Institute with a background in high-risk maternal-child nursing, family systems, and developmental psychoanalysis. She is a National Graduate Zero to Three...
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    Monica Osgood
    Monica Osgood
    Celebrate the Children’s founder, Monica G. Osgood, is an experienced behavioral consultant and therapist who specializes in using developmental approaches to support children with autism and other differences in relating and communicating. She is also the Founder and Director of the Developmental...
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    Michele Parkins, MS, OTR
    Michele is an occupational therapist, specializing in working with children with autism and sensory processing disorder. She currently works with children and families at her private practice – Great Kids Place – in Rockaway, New Jersey. She has been using and learning the DIR model for over ten...
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    Ricki Robinson
    Ricki Robinson, MD, MPH
    Ricki Robinson, M.D., M.P.H. is co-director of Descanso Medical Center for Development and Learning in La Canada, California and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School Medicine of USC. She has been in private pediatric practice for nearly forty years, specializing in children with aut...
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    Serena Wieder
    Serena Wieder, PhD
    Dr. Wieder is the Clinical Director and a founding member of the Profectum Foundation, dedicated to advancing the development and infant mental health of all children, including children, adolescents and adults with autism and special needs through training and educational programs. She also co-foun...
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    Anne Donnellan
    Anne Donnellan, PhD
    A long time researcher, advocate and teacher, she founded one of the first programs in the English-speaking world for autistic children here in San Diego in 1970. For over 20 years, Dr. Donnellan and her students and colleagues have been writing books and articles emphasizing the importance of study...
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    Amy Johnson
    Amy Johnson, MA CCC-SLP, C/NDT
    Amy is a licensed speech-language pathologist and owner of Cornerstone Speech and Language in South Pasadena, California. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Northwestern University with a specialty certificate in early intervention. For the past 20 years, Amy has provided play-b...
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    Natalie Kitts
    Natalie Kitts, MS, OTR
    Natalie Kitts holds a Masters of Science from Kean University, and is a licensed occupational therapist. She has extensive continuing education including advanced training in Sensory Integration Theory and Intervention, and a Professionals Certificate in the DIR Model and Foundational Capacities for...
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    Josh Kitts
    Joshua Kitts
    Joshua Miles Kitts is a young man who loves to help others. He has insight and compassion for others who struggle as he had growing up. When he was 7 years old he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. He was always overly sensitive to sensations and was challenged by typical social situations. I...
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    Anie Knipping
    Anie Knipping
    My name is Anie Knipping, and I'm a social autistic, a layabout with Panic/Anxiety Disorder, and a terminal optimist with clinical depression. My sensory stuff is all over the place, and I've got synesthesia, which lets me see sound and taste colour. I love to educate people on all of it, but it's n...
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    Stephen Porges
    Stephen W. Porges, PhD
    Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He is the former president of the Society for Psychophysi...
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    Joyce Show Tran
    Joyce Show, MD
    Joyce Show Tran is a physician-mom of seven children, the sixth of whom is Peter. Her book, published by Jessica Kingsley in 2012, "Teaching Your Child with Love and Skill: A Guide for Parents and Other Educators of Children with Autism, including Moderate to Severe Autism," shares how she, along wi...
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    Chantal sicile-kira
    Chantal Sicile-Kira
    Chantal’s passion for empowering others and her personal interest in autism has led her to become an autism consultant, an award-winning author, speaker, and leader in the field of autism, adolescence and transition to adulthood. She has been involved with autism spectrum disorders for over 25 ye...
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    Jeremy Sicile-Kira
    Jeremy Sicile-Kira
    Jeremy was born in Paris, France in 1989 and diagnosed with autism at an early age. He did not discover his gift for painting until he was 24, when he began to communicate to his parents about the colorful abstract portraits he was painting in his dreams. As a young child, Jeremy’s interest in bri...
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    Steve Silberman
    Steve Silberman
    Steve Silberman is an award-winning science writer whose articles have appeared in Wired, the New Yorker, the MIT Technology Review, Nature, Salon, Shambhala Sun, and many other publications. He is also the author of the New York Times best-selling NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of...
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    Peter Tran
    Peter Tran
    Peter Show Tran is a 17 year old student at La Canada High. He communicates through typing, and is the first nonverbal student in the district to be on diploma tract. Peter has published poems in the local papers in La Canada and Anza Borrega, and won the highest award in literature, special artists...
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