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Julie Nagy-Morris, MSW, LISW-S, LSSW

Julie Nagy-Morris

Name: Julie Nagy-Morris
Role / Credential: MSW, LISW-S, LSSW
Special Learning’s Designation: Subject Matter Expert of Social Work Ethics
Company Name:Step By Step Academy
Company 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.

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

Julie Riordan

Name: Julie Riordan
Role / Credential: BCBA, LBA, COBA, MOT, OTR/L
Special Learning’s Designation:Subject Matter Expert of OT, SLP, and ABA Collaboration
Company Name: Hopebridge
Company URL: https://www.hopebridge.com/
Ability to Contribute: Julie is a dually credentialed Occupational Therapist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

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). She graduated with her Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees in communicative disorders at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro AR.

John Benfield, Founder & Managing Partner

John Benfield

Name: John Benfield
Role / Credential: Founder & Managing Partner at Paley Madison Partners, LLC
Special Learning’s Designation: Subject Matter Expert
Company Name: Paley Madison Partners, LLC
Company 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.

Jennifer LaLuzerne, MSW, LSW

Jennifer LaLuzerne

Name: Jennifer LaLuzerne
Role / Credential: MSW, LSW
Special Learning’s Designation:Subject Matter Expert of Severe Problem Behavior Webinar
Company Name: Step By Step Academy
Company 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 completing coursework towards her BCBA through the University of North Texas.

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 rural communities. New Frontier Mobile Diagnostics brings critical diagnostic services to communities of need, pairing specialists with state-of-the-art portable medical technology.

Jenna Sage, PhD, BCBA

Jenna Sage

Name: Jenna Sage
Role / Credential:PhD, BCBA
Special Learning’s Designation: Subject Matter Expert
Company Name: Ultimate Medical Academy
Company 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.

Jaqueline Moreno, MA, BCBA

Jaqueline Moreno

ame: Jaqueline Moreno
Role / Credential: MA, BCBA
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist
Company Name: Autism Learning Partners
Company 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.

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 or other developmental disabilities.

Jacob Sadavoy, MSc, BCBA, LBA

Jacob Sadavoy

Name: Jacob Sadavoy
Role / Credential: MSc, BCBA, LBA
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist of Supervision: Developing Essential Foundational Repertoires in Supervisees
Company Name: Global Autism Project
Company 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, and special education itinerant teacher.

Gretchen Bright, BS

Gretchen Bright

Name: Gretchen Bright
Role / Credential: BS
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist
Company Name: International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Company 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.

Gabriel Valley, BT

Gabriel Valley

Name:Gabriel Valley
Role / Credential:BT
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist
Company Name: Step By Step Academy
Company URL: http://www.stepbystepacademy.org
Ability to Contribute: Gabriel Valley is an executive assistant at Step by Step Academy, where he previously served as a Behavior Technician. Additionally, he is an Independent Provider for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.


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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