About the Authors:
Lynn Cannon, M.Ed. is a Social Learning Specialist at Ivymount School & Programs and The Maddux School. Ms. Cannon received her M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Virginia. For over 15 years, she has worked as an educator, administrator and program director, serving students with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Ms. Cannon is the co-author of Unstuck and On Target, a curriculum to support children with flexibility and goal directed behavior. She is the co-author of Solving Executive Challenges, a resource guide for teachers and parents and The Conversation Club, an instructional manual for teaching conversation skills to students with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Her research and teaching interests are in developing interventions and support materials for students with neurodevelopmental disabilities, therapists, educators and their families. She has co-authored more than five peer-reviewed publications and has received federal funding for two research grants.
Eve Müller, Ph.D.
Dr. Müller currently serves as Coordinator of Program Evaluation and Outcomes Research at Ivymount School & Programs. She completed her Ph.D. in Education at UC Berkeley with an emphasis on autism and social and emotional learning. She worked for many years as a Senior Policy Analyst at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education. She has published extensively in special education journals, frequently presents her work at conferences, and most recently co-authored Conversation Club, a curriculum for teaching the “how” and “why” of conversation to children with social cognition challenges.
About the Developer:
Deb Childress, Ph.D.
Dr. Childress obtained her PhD in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to coming to 3C Institute, she served as a research associate and a postdoctoral fellow in the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill working on a longitudinal imaging study aimed at identifying the early markers of autism through behavioral and imaging methodologies. She has 20 years of autism research experience, during which she has examined the behavioral, personality, and cognitive characteristics of individuals with autism and their family members. Dr. Childress also has experience developing behavioral and parent report measurement tools, coordinating multi-site research studies, and collecting data from children and families. She has taught courses and seminars in general child development, autism, and cognitive development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
About Ivymount School & Programs:
Since its founding in 1961, Ivymount has developed innovative programs and comprehensive support services to meet the complex learning, therapeutic, and transition challenges of students with developmental disabilities throughout the Greater Washington, D.C. region.
Ivymount provides comprehensive evidence based programming across a wide variety of areas including academics, social emotional learning, and functional daily living. Individuals learn skills that help build self-confidence so they can achieve independent and productive futures of their own choosing.
Ivymount has built, evaluated, and refined education models. It has shared its innovative curricula, tools, and training with teachers, therapists, and school administrators, both regionally and nationally.
Ivymount has twice been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education, a measure of the school’s leadership, educational standards, investment in staff, and student outcomes.
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Scott Bellini, Ph.D., Director of the Social Skills Research Clinic (SSRC), Program Director, School Psychology program, Indiana University, Author of the Autism Social Skills Profile (ASSP)
Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ, Author of Social Skills and Adaptive Behavior in Learners with Autism Disorders
Lauren Kenworthy, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children’s National Health System and professor of Neurology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Author of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF)
Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., The Ziggurat Group, Author of The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations
Naomi Baum, Speech Language Pathologist, Ivymount School
Christina Beachley, Speech Language Pathologist, Ivymount School
Meghan Boucher, BCBA, Ivymount School
Linda Brandenberg, Kennedy Krieger School
Steven Celmer, BCBA, Consultant
Robin Church, Kennedy Krieger School
Erin Rose Flanagan, MAP Administrator, Ivymount School
Brenna Haffner, SPED Teacher, The Maddux School
Amanda Pewett, Autism Specialist, DC Public Schools
Lynn Southern, SPED Teacher, Ivymount School
Mary Frances Vivarelli, SPED Teacher, Consultant
Grace Welsh, SPED Teacher, Ivymount School
Monica Werner, MAP Program Director & Outreach Consultant, Ivymount