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Julie Riordan, BCBA, LBA, COBA, MOT, OTR/L

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 technician. This […]
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Julie Adkins, MCD, CCC-SLP, BCBA

Julie Adkins Name: Julie Adkins Role / Credential: MCD, CCC-SLP, BCBA Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist Company Name: Aegis Therapies Company URL: https://aegistherapies.com/ Ability to Contribute: Julie Adkins, MCD, CCC-SLP, BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with certificate of clinical competence (CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). […]
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John Benfield, Founder & Managing Partner

Name: John BenfieldRole / Credential: Founder & Managing Partner at Paley Madison Partners, LLCSpecial Learning’s Designation: Subject Matter ExpertCompany Name: Paley Madison Partners, LLCCompany URL: https://www.paleymadison.com/Ability to Contribute: John is a senior business executive with a career that spans over 40 years growing and existing businesses in both private and public markets. He possesses a unique […]
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Jennifer LaLuzerne, MSW, LSW

Name: Jennifer LaLuzerneRole / Credential: MSW, LSWSpecial Learning’s Designation:Subject Matter Expert of Severe Problem Behavior WebinarCompany Name: Step By Step AcademyCompany URL: https://www.stepbystepacademy.org/Ability to Contribute: Jennifer LaLuzerne has a Bachelor’s Degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, her Master’s Degree in social work from The Ohio State University, and she is […]
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Jeff Blackwood, Autism Entrepreneur, Leader

Jeff Blackwood Name: Jeff Blackwood Role / Credential: Autism Entrepreneur, Leader Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist Company Name:New Frontier Mobile Diagnostics Company URL: https://newfrontiermd.com/ Ability to Contribute: Jeff Blackwood is currently the CEO at New Frontier Mobile Diagnostics, based in Kansas City, MO, forging a new frontier in diagnostic care for seniors, individuals with disabilities, and […]
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Jenna Sage, PhD, BCBA

Name: Jenna SageRole / Credential: PhD, BCBASpecial Learning’s Designation: Subject Matter ExpertCompany Name: Ultimate Medical AcademyCompany URL: https://www.ultimatemedical.edu/Ability to Contribute: Dr. Jenna Sage has worked in multiple capacities in the field of education for nearly 25 years. She earned her Ph.D. in Special Education focusing on systems change processes and supporting students with emotional behavioral disorders. […]
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Jaqueline Moreno, MA, BCBA

Jaqueline Moreno, MA, BCBA Name: Jaqueline MorenoRole / Credential: MA, BCBASpecial Learning’s Designation: PanelistCompany Name: Autism Learning PartnersCompany URL: https://www.autismlearningpartners.com/Ability to Contribute: Jacquelyn Moreno’s passion lies in the neuropsychology of autism and its impact on children and their families. Bio: As an author and advocate working in homes and schools, as well as the Regional […]
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James Partington, PhD, BCBA-D

James Partington Name: James Partington Role / Credential: PhD, BCBA-D Special Learning’s Designation: Partington Behavior Analysts Company Name: Global Autism Project Company URL: https://partingtonbehavioranalysts.com/ Ability to Contribute: Dr. James Partington is the clinical director of Behavior Analysts, Inc. in Pleasant Hill, California. This psychological corporation provides a variety of educational services for children with autism […]
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Jacob Sadavoy, MSc, BCBA, LBA

Name: Jacob SadavoyRole / Credential: MSc, BCBA, LBASpecial Learning’s Designation: Panelist of Supervision: Developing Essential Foundational Repertoires in SuperviseesCompany Name: Global Autism ProjectCompany URL: https://www.globalautismproject.org/Ability to Contribute: Jacob has over 20 years of experience applying the principles of applied behaviour analysis in home programs, clinical and school-based setting as an ASD classroom teacher, educational consultant, […]
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Gretchen Bright, BS

Gretchen Bright , BS Name: Gretchen BrightRole / Credential: BSSpecial Learning’s Designation: PanelistCompany Name: International Society for Augmentative and Alternative CommunicationCompany URL: https://isaac-online.org/english/home/Ability to Contribute: Gretchen graduated from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville with her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. Bio: Before joining PRC, she worked as a speech language pathology […]
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Parent Waitlist Program


November 02, 2023 | 12pm-1pm PDT

Journey to Independence

Community-based program designed to support families on waitlist

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

Mother Child
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