Chrissy Johansen, M.Ed.
Lead Consultant & Trainer
What I do at TAP:
I work with students and teachers in grades pre-K through high school. The most common misconception is that I only work with students who have autism. This is not the case! I support students with disabilities, learning challenges, and social-emotional needs. Sometimes I model whole-class lessons in the general education setting, other times I develop visual supports and teach teachers how and when to use these tools. I've supported the development of Special Education Behavior classrooms and have supported teachers in developing specialized reading interventions for struggling readers. I also train teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and other professionals in the education field on topics such as reading, writing, ASD, positive behavior, and developing and using visual supports.
One fun fact about me is:
I grew up dancing ballet. As an adult I spend less time in the ballet studio, but I still enjoy dancing - whether it's in my kitchen, with my husband, or with my active one-year-old son.
My professional bio:
I have a B.S. in Special Education and General Education from Rhode Island College and a M.A. in Reading Education from the University of Rhode Island. I started my teaching career at P.S. 58X located in South Bronx, NY. I missed home and returned to RI to work as a Special Education teacher at the Bradley East Providence Partnership School, and later as a Behavior Special Education teacher for the Newport Public School System. I am TEACCH Level 1 certified. I have attended Conscious Discipline’s weeklong Institute and Baby Doll Circle Time conference and have had the pleasure of being coached by Kim Jackson for two years. My favorite part of working at The Autism Project is the supportive professionals that I get to learn from and work with every day.