I’ve got some new friends for you to meet and I think you are going to like them! I am beyond excited to introduce and welcome four new members to The Autism Helper blogging team. My goal with this blog has always been to share actionable ideas and strategies that add value to your life. In order to achieve that goal, we need a wide range of perspectives on here that can share their unique points of view. Our new bloggers are creative, enthusiastic, and dedicated individuals who have a wealth of knowledge to share with us and I can’t wait.
You may recognize this dynamic rockstar right here from her blog Life with Greyson and Parker. Chrissy Kelly is a mom to two boys with autism. On her blog and social media platforms, she shares a refreshingly honest look into their lives. Her tireless advocacy, ambition, expertise in the area of special education and applied behavior analysis (seriously she knows more than most teachers), and willingness to think outside the box is a constant inspiration. I am thrilled she will be joining us to blog once a month.
Ever since Sarah (our resident SLP) joined the team, she and I have been saying, “Dang, we really need an OT on here with us.” Finally, we have one! Katie McKenna is an occupational therapist with experience from early childhood through transition. I absolutely love talking special ed with her and hearing her creative ideas. When she first shared her list of potential blog post topics, I literally said, “Yes, all of those” because each idea was better than the next. I can’t wait to learn how she collaborates with teachers and what helpful tips she will have for us.
Jen and I speak that same ABA language. The kind of Applied Behavior Analysis that is functional, flexible, and meaningful aka it can work in a crowded classroom. She is a special education teacher in a K-2 self-contained classroom who is finishing her masters towards becoming a BCBA (I mean, impressive, right?!). Jen is passionate and knowledgeable and can see the big picture which is so important. I am eagerly awaiting her posts because I know they will be jam packed with useful information.
Meredith’s dedication to her job is apparent from the moment you meet her. She is hard working and is one of those people who just loves her job. She is currently working in a high school self-contained classroom and will be sharing strategies and tips for the high school setting. We all know the importance of teaching functional academics and life skills and Meredith is definitely an expert in this area!