The Bucks County Autism Support Coalition is an all volunteer, community-based group focused on maximizing the personal development of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
This group is comprised of educators from local school districts and intermediate units, mental health professionals, physicians, behavior specialists, and parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Eustacia Cutler, Temple Grandin's mother, earned a B.A. from Harvard, was a band singer at the Pierre Hotel, New York City, performed and composed for NYC cabaret, and wrote school lessons for major TV networks. Her research on autism and intellectual disabilities created the script for two WGBH television documentaries: The Disquieted and The Innocents, a prize-winning first. Her 2006 book, A Thorn in My Pocket, describes raising Temple in the conservative world of the '50s when autistic children were routinely diagnosed as infant schizophrenics and banished to institutions.
Today Cutler lectures nationally and internationally on autism and its relation to the rapidly emerging bio-neurological study of brain plasticity. She discusses what causes rigid behavior in autism, the toll it takes on the family, and how current research into the neural nature of consciousness is pointing toward insightful possibilities of change.
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Jill is a Speech-Language Pathologist who works full-time with elementary-age students on the autism spectrum with attention deficit challenges, receptive/expressive language needs, and executive function challenges. Jill presently explores specific strategies and resources to share with audiences that can accomplish two critical instructional goals. Firstly, provide engaging, relevant direct instruction supporting social/emotional skills that target literacy learning standards in reading, written language and speaking listening domains. Secondly, develop strategies for early childhood/primary learners to weave social emotional instruction into pre-literacy activities.
Andy Bondy is president and co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants. Dr. Bondy is an innovative leader in the field of autism and applied behavior analysis. He directed a statewide public school system for students with autism for fourteen years. He is co-author of the PECS Training Manual. He also wrote the Pyramid Approach to Education, a training manual that offers an integrated orientation to developing effective educational environments blending applied behavior analysis with functional activities and create communication strategies.
One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder, a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to a new report from the CDC Thursday.
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