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Tabitha Kirby, MA, BCBA, COBA

Tabitha Kirby
Name: Tabitha Kirby
Role / Credential: MA, BCBA, COBA
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist
Company Name: The Autism Peace, LLC
Company URL: www.autismspeaks.org
Ability to Contribute: Tabitha Kirby received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in special education with specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Ohio State University.

Mike Marroquin, PhD, BCBA-D, NYSLBA

Mike Marroquin
Name: Mike Marroquin
Role / Credential: PhD, BCBA-D, NYSLBA
Special Learning’s Designation: Subject Matter Expert of ADHD Strategies: Family Training and Involvement (RECORDED)
Company Name: Mike Marroquin PhD, BCBA-D, NYSLBA
Company URL: mikemarroquin.weebly.com
Ability to Contribute: Mike E. Marroquin, PhD, BCBA-D, New York State Licensed Behavior Analyst Franklin Square School District, New York Dr. Michael “Mike” Marroquin, is an Autism graduate & undergraduate professor at Queens College (CUNY).

Melanie Olson Giles, MA, MEd, CCC-SLP, BCBA, LABA

Melanie Olson Giles
Name: Melanie Olson Giles
Role / Credential: MA, MEd, CCC-SLP, BCBA, LABA
Special Learning’s Designation: Subject Matter Expert of SLP & ABA Collaboration Series: Using Collaboration to Generate Best Outcomes… Quicker
Company Name: The Verbal ABA Clinic@STG
Company URL: speechtherapygroup.net
Ability to Contribute: Melanie is a dually certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She is the Clinic Director of the Speech Therapy Group and The Verbal ABA Clinic at STG.

Marla Root, Advocate Expert

Marla Root
Name: Marla Root
Role / Credential: Advocate Expert
Special Learning’s Designation: Subject Matter Expert of Training on the BACB Autism Task List Sections A & E
Company Name: Step by Step Academy
Company URL: stepbystepacademy.org
Ability to Contribute: Marla Root is the Director of Community Affairs and Advocacy with Step By Step Academy in Worthington, Ohio.

Marc Zimmerman, PhD

Marc Zimmerman

Name: Marc Zimmerman
Role / Credential: PhD
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist
Company Name: School of Public Health University of Michigan
Company URL: sph.umich.edu
Ability 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.

Lynn Dudek, MBA, MS, CCC-SLP

Lynn Dudek

Name: Lynn Dudek
Role / Credential: MBA, MS, CCC-SLP
Special Learning’s Designation: Subject Matter Expert of Social Skills: Cool Ideas for Cool Kids
Company Name: Haugland Learning Center- Autism Services
Company URL:  hlccolumbus.com
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.

Lisa Timm, M.S., CCC-SLP

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: www.montclair.edu
Ability to Contribute: Lisa is the manager of PRC-Saltillos Implementation Training services. She has been with PRC-Saltillo since December 2010. In her current capacity, she oversees support development of PRC-Saltillo AAC products. Additionally, she creates supports for the implementation and training of PRC-Saltillo language systems.

Lisa Berkowitz, MA, BCBA

Lisa Berkowitz

Name: Lisa Berkowitz
Role / Credential: MA, BCBA
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist
Company Name: Montclair State University
Company 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.

Kim Scott, MS, CCC-SLP

Kim Scott

Name: Kim Scott
Role / Credential: MS, CCC-SLP
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist
Company Name: Speech Therapy 101
Company 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.

Kathlene Hine, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA

Kathlene Hine

Name: Kathlene Hine
Role / Credential: PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist
Company Name: Family Care Treatment & Training Services
Company URL: https://www.ctfcs.com/family-support-and-training-services
Ability to Contribute: Kathleen Hine, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Educational Psychology.

Karl Zimmerman, MS, BCBA

Karl Zimmerman

Name: Karl Zimmerman
Role / Credential:MS, BCBA
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist
Company Name:Total Spectrum, LLC
Company 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.

Julie Roumeliote, BCBA

Julie Roumeliote

Name: Julie Roumeliote
Role / Credential: BCBA
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist
Company Name: Hopebridge
Company 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.


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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