Marc Zimmerman

Marc Zimmerman Name: Marc ZimmermanRole / Credential: PhDSpecial Learning’s Designation: PanelistCompany Name: School of Public Health University of MichiganCompany URL: sph.umich.eduAbility to Contribute: Dr. Zimmerman’s research focuses on adolescent health and resiliency, and empowerment theory. His work on adolescent health examines how positive factors in adolescents’ lives help them overcome risks they face. Bio: His […]
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Lynn Dudek

Lynn Dudek Name: Lynn DudekRole / Credential: MBA, MS, CCC-SLPSpecial Learning’s Designation: Subject Matter Expert of Social Skills: Cool Ideas for Cool KidsCompany Name: Haugland Learning Center- Autism ServicesCompany URL:  hlccolumbus.comAbility to Contribute: Lynn M. Dudek is the Autism and Medical Rehabilitation Manager at Easter Seals Central and SE Ohio, Inc. and the owner of […]
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Lisa Timm

Lisa Timm Name: Lisa Timm Role / Credential:M.S., CCC-SLP Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist Company Name:PRC-Saltillo’s Implementation & Training Company URL: https://www.montclair.edu/ Ability to Contribute: Lynn M. Dudek is the Autism and Medical Rehabilitation Manager at Easter Seals Central and SE Ohio, Inc. and the owner of ASDSLP, LLC. She is a speech-language pathologist who has […]
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Lisa Berkowitz

Lisa Berkowitz Name: Lisa BerkowitzRole / Credential: MA, BCBASpecial Learning’s Designation: PanelistCompany Name: Montclair State UniversityCompany URL: https://www.montclair.edu/Ability to Contribute: Lisa Berkowitz, MA, BCBA has over 20 years of experience working in the industry, specializing with those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Her years of […]
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Kim Scott

Kim Scott Name: Kim ScottRole / Credential: MS, CCC-SLPSpecial Learning’s Designation: PanelistCompany Name: Speech Therapy 101Company URL:  https://speechtherapy101.com/Ability to Contribute: Kim Scott DeLand, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist who is passionate about her work and dedicated to ensure that families will receive a high standard of personalized and professional care. Kim believes that […]
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Kathlene Hine

Kathlene Hine Name: Kathlene HineRole / Credential: PhD, BCBA-D, LBASpecial Learning’s Designation: PanelistCompany Name: Family Care Treatment & Training ServicesCompany URL: https://www.ctfcs.com/family-support-and-training-servicesAbility to Contribute: Kathleen Hine, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Educational Psychology. Bio:  Dr. Hine began her career conducting basic research. This was followed with a nationwide effort to […]
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Karl Zimmerman

Karl Zimmerman Name: Karl ZimmermanRole / Credential:MS, BCBASpecial Learning’s Designation: PanelistCompany Name:Total Spectrum, LLCCompany URL: https://totalspectrumcare.com/Ability to Contribute: Karl Zimmerman obtained his Masters Degree in behavior analysis from the University of North Texas (UNT) in 2014.  Bio:  While at UNT, Karl worked with young children on the autism spectrum, taught an introductory behavior analysis course, […]
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Julie Roumeliote

Julie Roumeliote Name: Julie RoumelioteRole / Credential: BCBASpecial Learning’s Designation: PanelistCompany Name: HopebridgeCompany URL: https://www.hopebridge.com/Ability to Contribute: She received her bachelor’s degree in communications from The Ohio State University. Prior to working at Special Learning, Julie was as an in-home independent provider for children with autism spectrum disorders. Bio:  Julie Roumeliote is a clinical specialist […]
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Julie Nagy-Morris

Julie Nagy-Morris Name: Julie Nagy-MorrisRole / Credential: MSW, LISW-S, LSSWSpecial Learning’s Designation: Subject Matter Expert of Social Work EthicsCompany Name:Step By Step AcademyCompany URL: https://www.stepbystepacademy.org/Ability to Contribute: Julie is an experienced Social Worker with over 7 years of experience working with children in both educational and clinical settings.  At Step by Step Academy, Julie provides […]
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Julie Riordan

Julie Riordan Name: Julie RiordanRole / Credential: BCBA, LBA, COBA, MOT, OTR/LSpecial Learning’s Designation:Subject Matter Expert of OT, SLP, and ABA CollaborationCompany Name: HopebridgeCompany URL: https://www.hopebridge.com/Ability to Contribute: Julie is a dually credentialed Occupational Therapist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Bio:  She started working with children on the autism spectrum in 1994 as a behavior […]
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Being an RBT for me was extremely fun because where were you going to find a place where you can be completely silly without having to worry what people thought about you? This was the only job that made me feel like I could make a dramatic difference while being myself.

I also liked to be surrounded by people that had the same goals of wanting to help kids and the teamwork made the job much easier and more enjoyable.

Change and progress was the ultimate goal for our kiddos. The early intervention program was seriously only a miracle because I saw changes in the kiddos that from day one, you wouldn’t even recognize who they were.

Changes from being able to utter 3-4 words where they can only make a syllable from when they started, the behavior decreases in which kiddo that used to engage in 30-40 0 self-harm to only half, learning how to wait during games, table work where they use to swipe and drop to the floor if they had to.

My favorite was when the parents would tell us what amazing progress they were making at home. I used to tear up and felt for these parents so much because it was already difficult for them and now, they can trust and rely on ABA and the therapists knowing their goal was ours.

By Emma Rogers, BA, RBT

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