Andrea believes that all children are best served when parents and school staff develop a cooperative and harmonious relationship. She is dedicated to helping families develop & foster such relationships while using her experiences and knowledge to assist families in successfully navigating the IEP process.
Andrea is a former special education teacher and special education administrator whose focus of her professional career has been centered on the individualized, high-quality education of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Throughout her public school service, Andrea has not only been delighted to educate countless young children with ASD but also to provide training for teachers and educational support staff on best practices for this unique population.
While an educator, Andrea continually attended trainings and workshops to remain well-informed about research-based strategies that further the development of skills in children with Autism. She is experienced in Applied Behavior Analysis, communication development (including PECS), the development of play and social skills, and behavioral strategies & practices. While working in public education, she helped to develop specific and appropriate programs for children that utilize best practices. As a result, school systems in which she has worked now offer discrete trial teaching and other important strategies recommended by Autism researchers. Andrea earned a B.S. In Special Education from Bridgewater State College (now University) and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley College (now University). Her MA teaching certifications are in Elementary Education and Special Education N-9. She continues to update and advance her training by attending conferences and workshops on both legal and educational topics.