Our Team

Our Mission

We at The Autism Helper, Inc. are dedicated to empowering those who support individuals with Autism by providing resources, tools, and the methods to measure success. We aim to support teachers, parents, clinicians, and administrators. We share easy to understand strategies through our blog, podcast, and training videos. We provide in-depth training in our CE Courses, live events, and Professional Development Membership. We create engaging and high quality academic resources and curriculum for students of all ages. Our goal is to bring value by focusing on positive behavior change, having high expectations, and utilizing data based decisions.

Sasha Long

Sasha Long

Founder and President

Sasha Long, BCBA, M.A., is the founder and president of The Autism Helper, Inc. She is a board certified behavior analyst and former special education teacher. Sasha shares strategies and best practices through her blog, podcast, membership, and online courses. Sasha travels internationally as a speaker and consultant providing individualized training and feedback to parents, educators, therapists and administrators in the world of autism. She is a former adjunct professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Sasha received her undergraduate degree in Special Education from Miami University and has a Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Matthew Long

Matthew Long

Chief Operating Officer

Matthew Long is the COO for The Autism Helper, Inc. In addition to providing overall support for the management and execution of the The Autism Helper, Matt works to increase visibility of The Autism Helper to additional audiences through marketing and additional online strategies. He also provides direction for the development and growth of The Autism Helper.

Sarah Wrenn

Sarah Wrenn

Director of Operations

Sarah Wrenn is the Director of Operations for The Autism Helper, Inc. In this role, she helps manage The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership, as well as The Autism Helper’s weekly podcast. She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in criminal justice and legal studies from the Frederick Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State University. After spending the last 10 years in the legal field, she is excited to change directions and start something new with The Autism Helper, Inc.

Fran Homan

Fran Homan

Social Media Director

Fran Homan, MTA, creates content and helps manage the various social media channels for The Autism Helper. She has a passion for graphic design and graduated with degrees in international business and marketing at Loyola University Chicago. She is a small-town Wisconsin native but also calls Rome, Italy and Chicago second homes. Fran has is currently working to obtain her Master of Business Administration from George Washington University.

Sadie Bailey

Sadie Bailey

Product Manager

Sadie Bailey, M.A. CCC-SLP helps to design and create products and content for The Autism Helper. Sadie is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist and earned her bachelor and master degrees at The University of Pittsburgh. Before joining TAH, she worked for the Chicago Public School system, in private therapeutic schools, and schools for the medically complex.  Sadie is excited to use her expertise to create content that supports a diverse population of educators, clinicians, students, and families.

Gina Crovetti

Gina Crovetti

Social Media Manager

Gina Crovetti helps manage social media content for The Autism Helper, Inc. on both the Facebook and Pinterest platforms. She is currently an art therapist and licensed professional counselor at a behavioral hospital offering mental health services. Gina works with children and adults with special needs in the school and hospital settings.

Our Blogger Team

Sarah Gast

Sarah Gast

Speech Language Pathologist

Sarah Gast is a speech-language pathologist with experience in the school setting and with private clients. Sarah shares strategies and resources she uses to help facilitate communication with her students. She received her undergraduate degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Purdue University and has a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from The Ohio State University.

Gina Russell

Gina Russell

Preschool Special Education Teacher

Gina Russell is a special education teacher with experience working in the elementary school setting from self contained to partial, limited and full inclusion.  Gina has collaborated with Sasha in creating a comprehensive classroom and developing professional development for her county.     Gina received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Salisbury University and has a Masters in Special Education from Wilmington University.

Holly Bueb

Holly Bueb

Primary Special Education Teacher

Holly Bueb is a low-incidence cluster teacher. Holly has worked as a general education teacher, a paraprofessional and a resource teacher. Holly writes blogs to share different strategies, materials and curriculum she uses in her classroom to help students with academic subjects. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Seattle University and has a Masters in Elementary Education from Loyola University Chicago and a Masters in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Chrissy Kelly

Chrissy Kelly

Parent

Chrissy Kelly is a mom, a writer, a picture taker and world changer. She lives in the Central Valley of California and relentlessly photographs everyday life and shares her family’s story in the hopes that there’s as much good in the world as she sees in her two boys with autism.

Jen Koenig

Jen Koenig

Primary Special Education Teacher

Jen Koenig is a special education teacher in a K-2 self-contained classroom and is working towards becoming a BCBA. Jen shares strategies and ideas from her classroom including data collection, classroom setup, and curriculum options. 

Katie McKenna

Katie McKenna

Occupational Therapist

Katie McKenna is an occupational therapist working with students in the school setting. Katie has worked with students of all ages, from early childhood up to high school transition. Before she was an OT, Katie worked as an in-home respite worker as well as an inclusion aide. Katie earned an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Saint Louis University, and a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Heather Hoeft

Heather Hoeft

Preschool Special Education Teacher

Heather Hoeft is special education teacher in the preschool setting. Heather shares strategies and ideas from her self-contained classroom. Her classroom utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis instructional methods of discrete trial training, pivotal response training, and teaching functional routines. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood from Northern Illinois University and Masters in Special Education from Concordia University.

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