RDI® Certified Consultant
Location: Collingswood, New Jersey, United States
Areas Serviced: South Jersey, Philadelphia area and long distance.
Works at a Distance
My goal is to provide you with the most effective, practical and current resource’s available to address the challenges faced by individuals on the autism spectrum. In my career, I have worked with many children and explored a variety of approaches. Originally, I attended Rutgers University to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Development and Psychology. It was there that I began working with young children with autism. At that time, 1 in 10,000 children received an autism diagnosis. I began training in the only available treatment at the time, Applied Behavior Analysis. I continued my education at the University of Virginia where I received a Masters of Education and became a certified teacher specializing in Early Childhood Special Education. I have since worked in Early Intervention Programs and in public school preschool disabled classrooms.
As the years went by, I noticed not only a dramatic increase in the numbers of children diagnosed with autism, 1 in 68, but also limited growth in the children’s main areas of weakness: engagement and social reciprocity. Often the goals were not developmentally appropriate and skills were taught in a rote way. Parents were not given the tools needed to re-engage their child. I felt, as a mother and teacher, that these very special children needed to be taught like everyone else, in a developmentally appropriate way and through parents and caregivers. I needed to explore methods other than ABA.
I found the Relationship Development Intervention Program through an Early Intervention client and as I watched this wonderful mother sustain engagement with her child, I knew I needed to become a Certified Consultant. In my RDI training I learned how to teach parents to guide their child and address challenging issues, such as building motivation and strengthening social and communication skills. I really love this part of my work, where I help parents regain their connection with their child. Being a certified Relationship Development Consultant for the past 8 years has been the most rewarding part of my career. Everyday I am privileged to watch the relationship between parents and their child on the autism spectrum develop. Watching the developmental process unfold in these children is nothing short of miraculous.
I take a holistic approach to treatment, remembering to consider the impact of biological and nutritional issues on the child. This is a complex neurological disorder that requires an integration of various approaches to remediate the core deficits of autism, thereby giving hope for a quality of life for the individual affected as well as their families.
I am highly committed to continuing education in my work with families and children.