After being told there was no hope for her own child, our founder and executive director, Dr. Shelley A. Stravitz developed an individualized intervention program. She focused on creating relationship with her child, the underlying causes of her child's severe autism and the mindset of all who joined her as they followed her child's lead toward full recovery. To do so, Dr. Shelley attended professional trainings and received certifications across the wide range of research and clinical fields affecting ASD.
Once she realized the success of this individualized program for her own child, Dr. Shelley became dedicated to helping other families who wanted to offer similar possibilities to meet the unique needs of their own children with ASD. For over 20 years, she has developed a worldwide consulting practice offering autism education, collaboration, and support for parents, clinicians and educators alike.
Dr. Shelley is the founder of Parents As Partners and earned her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership for Change: ASD Optimal Outcomes. Recently, her extensive work was recognized as one of the 25 most accessed dissertations among the 1.7 million on-line that cover all areas of academics and research; hers was the only dissertation of the top 25 that focused on ASD and education.
Dr. Shelley is now committed to the continuous expansion of Parents As Partners. By sharing this web-based parent education platform, she will be able to help thousands of families on their journey of hope and the possibilities for recovery.
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