Emily Rubin - Speech-Language Pathologist, Director, Communication Crossroads, Carmel, CA
Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP is the director of Communication Crossroads, a private practice in Atlanta, GA. She is a speech-language pathologist specializing in Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and related social learning disabilities. As an adjunct faculty member and lecturer at Yale University, she has served as a member of their Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic. She has also served as an instructor for the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts where she has developed courses to prepare graduate level students for addressing the needs of children with autism and their families. Her publications have focused on early identification of autism, contemporary intervention models, and programming guidelines for high functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome. She recently participated as a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Ad Hoc Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), a committee charged with developing guidelines related to the role of speech-language pathologists in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of ASD. She lectures internationally and provides consultation to educational programs serving children and adolescents with autism and related developmental disorders.
Amy Laurent - Occupational Therapist, Private Practice Affiliate, Rhode Island
Amy Laurent, Ed.M., OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist who holds a Master’s degree in Special Education. Currently in private practice, she is a New England affiliate of Communication Crossroads and of Childhood Communication Services. Amy specializes in the education of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related developmental disabilities. She provides direct educational services to clients, as well as ongoing consultation to educational programs serving individuals with ASD. She also serves as adjunct faculty for the Communication Disorders Department at the University of Rhode Island and for Emerson College in Boston, MA. At these institutions, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses focused on preparing graduating clinicians to meet the needs of children with autism and their families. In addition, she is a co-developer of the SKIP (Super Kids Interactive Play) Program at the University of Rhode Island. Her publications, including a chapter in the Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (3rd ed) have focused on emotional regulation in children and adolescents with ASD and its impact on later social competence. She frequently lectures and provides training throughout the United States and internationally on topics related to therapeutic and educational intervention for children with ASD.
Jordan Sadler - Speech-Language Pathologist, Consultant, Communication Crossroads, Chicago, Illinois
Jordan Sadler, MS, CCC-SLP, is the owner of Communication Therapy, P.C., in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to her relocation to Chicago, Jordan was a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist in California in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years. She enjoys helping each child develop to his or her full potential by working with the whole family within natural environments. Jordan brings out each child's unique personality using her humor and creative energy, and she has been recognized for her work in private practice, public and private schools. In 2001, Jordan received the Golden Bell Award for excellence in special education. She also received the Elizabeth Terwilliger Award for her work with pediatric populations in Marin County, California. In 2006, Jordan appeared in the documentary "Finding the Words", a film about children with autism who have made significant improvements.
Jordan earned a Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Illinois Speech Language Hearing Association. She has received advanced level training in The SCERTS Model, and is also trained in DIR/Floortime and the Hanen program, and is working as a Consultant for Communication Crossroads.
Andrew Shahan - Early Childhood Special Education Consultant
Andrew Shahan, M.A. has spent the last 20 years working with children with special needs and their families in home, school, community and clinic-based settings. He holds a Master’s Degree and Education Specialist Teaching Credential in Early Childhood Special Education from San Francisco State University. Andrew has devoted himself passionately to helping families and professionals better understand and utilize evidence-based practices to support the communication and social development of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Through the Autism Clinic at the University of California at San Francisco and Children’s Hospital, Oakland, Andrew developed training and coaching methods for staff and parents to facilitate children’s communication, play and social development. Andrew has consulted with many Bay Area public school districts to build their capacity to support students with autism.
As the Regional Autism Health Educator for Kaiser Permanente Northern California, he provides professional development and education for families and service providers. As a participant on the Early Identification & Intervention Task Force of the California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism, Andrew worked with leading autism researchers, practitioners, parent advocates and state and local government representatives to examine and address key autism issues for the state of California. Andrew brings an exceptional combination of knowledge, practical experience, enthusiasm, compassion, honesty and humor to all of the children, families and professionals with whom he works. Andrew has participated in advanced level training in the SCERTS Model and serves as a Consultant for Communication Crossroads.
Early Childhood Special Education Consultant, Children’s Services Resource Specialist, Easter Seals Bay Area Regional Autism Health Educator, Kaiser Permanente Northern California