Alison received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Miami in Elementary Education and Psychology. She then followed her interests in special education and received a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education. After working for several years in the field as a special educator, Alison returned to the University of Miami to pursue a master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. Alison has worked with children and their families for the past 13 years in the capacity of special educator, counselor, case manager, researcher, and advocate. Alison is currently a Clinical Support Specialist at Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Autism & Related Disabilities, providing consultation, training, and support to teens and adults with ASD. Alison joined the doctoral program in Counselor Education at Florida Atlantic University and is completing research related to young adults with ASD and social connectedness.
#B2-4 The Friendship Factor: The Impact of Social Engagement on Well-being This session will examine current research on the impacts of social engagement for adults with ASD, as well as potential impacts of social connection on ASD symptomology, social skills, and loneliness. Strategies to enhance access to social opportunities within the community will be presented. […]
#B2-1 Durbin and the Triple-A Affect: Autism, Art, and Anti-bullying This presentation addresses how the arts contribute to an improved quality of life for those with autism. It includes a discussion of the “Artists and Autism Series” a collaborative project of FSU CARD and VSA Florida that has produced exhibitions, art classes, music clinics, […]