What I do at TAP:
I steer the ship! Our Mission Statement says, “We are a unique collaboration of parents and professionals…” I work to maintain this critical component each day as we work to improve the lives of individuals with ASD, other developmental disabilities, and social-emotional challenges. We need both perspectives to understand the full spectrum of needs.
The first step for success is to surround yourself with good and talented people committed to similar goals and standards of care. Next step, be quiet and listen. Listen to their ideas, concerns and passions. Then work to make them happen. My job is to be in the community listening for information to prioritize the needs and to find the opportunities to make them happen through TAP or in collaboration with others.
One fun fact about me is:
I was selected to be on the Rosie O’Donnell show. It was a show where they filled the audience with look-a-likes. It was pretty eerie to look at 300 people who really did look like me! Many more audience members looked more like Rosie, but few can match her accent and sarcasm better than I can!
My professional bio:
I graduated with a Bachelor’s in History from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. I have completed TEACCH training Levels 1 and 2 on Structured Teaching and Consultation, interned with Michelle Garcia-Winner at Social Thinking, attended Ross Greene’s Advanced Training in Collaborative Problem Solving, and Conscious Discipline’s CD1.