I've taken an incredible journey into the public schools and worked in the tough inner city public schools of Las Vegas, Nevada for twenty years as a teacher and later as a school psychologist. My experiences include teaching and assessing students in at-risk situations from preschool to high school. Working in a large inner city high school of Las Vegas, I've seen teens with a variety of issues and personal struggles. My work has included making thousands of home visits in the inner city housing projects of Las Vegas and conducting hundreds of parent meetings to encourage parents to help their children succeed. When I first started teaching, I only briefly heard the word 'autism', but this soon changed. Later, my interests lead me to be a school psychologist at a school diagnostic center working with early childhood students displaying developmental delays and autism concerns. I conducted over a thousand multidisciplinary team assessments for children while working alongside speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, school nurses, vision/hearing specialists, special education teachers, regular education teachers and parents. During this process, I realized that professionals can have different perspectives and varying opinions about autism and developmental delays. As well, I've seen parents struggle with questions of autism and delays from information they received from professionals with varying training experiences. I have been honored to receive numerous national awards for improving educational practice including being named to the Practitioners Hall of Fame by NOVA University. I enjoy writing in areas of education, child behavior and research with publications of more than ten books.
Explore some of the field issues in need of clarification in the field of Autism.
The Yes Book for Teenagers
Helps teenagers see many broad considerations of a 'yes' response by adults.
Is My Child Autistic or Delayed?
Professionals who address Autism are from a variety of backgrounds and trainings.
The No Book for Teenagers
Explore why the 'no' response stops communication with teenagers.