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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    1. Thanks I would love for you too! They are some of my favorite classes to teach. I'm excited to learn from you in this blog!

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  2. I wish I could spend a week with you to learn your tricks :) I teach severely handicapped students, many of which who have Autism. I am only a 3rd year special ed teacher, but am thinking about going back and specializing in ABA! I love working and managing behaviors, and have already been deemed the "go-to gal" on my school campus (we host 5 special ed classes + RSP) to manage and implement different behavior supports. I have been following your blog and FB page for quite awhile now, and I can't wait to see what you do on this collaborative blog!

    The Adventures of Room 83

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    1. Adventures, you are such a loyal follower. I love your blog! Thanks for the kind words!

      Chris

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  3. I wish I could sign up for a class, too! Maybe you should consider some online courses. I just checked out your store and saw your file folders that would go nicely with TEACCH strategies. I'm your newest follower. This might be just perfect for one of my students next year.

    Angelia
    Extra Special Teaching

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  4. It's funny you say that about online classes, because that's actually how I teach, but I teach for a university online. Thanks for following. I'm in the midst of finishing up a load of other file folders, worksheets and task cards that have been half finished. I'm also uploading a new set of file folders for July of basic skills and will probably have a flash freebie later today and will announce it on my Facebook page if anyone is interested. https://www.facebook.com/autismclassroomnews

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