Saturday, June 22, 2013

Hello from Chris

Autism Classroom News
Hi there!  I'm Chris Reeve and I am super-excited to be joining the collaboration at A Special Sparkle!  I love collaboration of all kinds and truly believe it takes a team of professionals, family and caregivers from different perspectives to create a quality program for a student with special needs.  I want to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself.

I have been a consultant working with individuals with all types of developmental disabilities and behavioral issues and their schools for almost 20 years. I spend most of my consulting time working directly with students and teachers in classrooms and try to assure that anything I suggest is practical to all those involved.   I love my job and one of the things I love the most is the opportunity to share innovations and ideas from one teacher or staff member to another when they may never meet. I started my blog, Autism Classroom News and my Facebook fan page, to share ideas and information about working with individuals on the autism spectrum, and many other disabilities, in the classroom.  I work with both high and lower functioning students, but I find that there are few set curriculum materials for most of them.  So, in addition to the blog, I opened my Teachers Pay Teachers store in January to share some of the materials I've developed over the years for working with students on the spectrum.

So, that's me in a nutshell.  Here are some quick facts to round out the picture.

Personal:  I come from a family of educators and, like many of us, I'm inspired by my sister who has autism.  I live in Florida but consult to many states across the US.  I am a self-professed clip art addict/ junkie and I truly can't get enough. I really think I started making materials just to have an excuse to buy more clip art.  But at least the clip art doesn't take up as much space in my house as my addiction to scrapbooking materials does!  I also love to ride my bicycle whenever I am home and it's not sweltering hot!

Professional:  I have a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D).  I was appointed to the Panel of Professional Advisors of the Autism Society of America in 2012.  I run Reeve Autism Consulting and teach graduate courses in autism and applied behavior analysis as adjunct faculty at Nova Southeastern University.  I also have co-authored books for teachers and developed vocabulary building books for children and adolescents and adults with disabilities.

I am looking forward to this collaborative experience and getting to learn and share ideas with a whole new group!
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