Parents as Partners
Dr. Shelley is the Founder and Executive Director of Parents as Partners: The Autism Education and Change Network, which is a non-profit, web-based parent educational platform focused on parent empowerment through developmental, relationship-based “understandable” education, which addresses the underlying causes of a child’s autism toward remediation of the reasons for the presentation of his/her outward symptoms of autism.
Over the last 25 years, Dr. Shelley has developed a nationwide consulting practice that offered autism education, collaboration, and support for parents, clinicians, and educators toward autism optimal outcomes.
She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership for Change: Autism Optimal Outcomes.
As a scholar-practitioner, and a researcher, Dr. Shelley completed an evaluation study of the relationship-based, multi-disciplinary intervention program that she developed.
She published the extensive quantitative and qualitative evidence that resulted. The responses of parents, clinicians, educators, family, and community stakeholders demonstrated the effectiveness of this parent-led intervention program.
They had developed their own customized interventions that focused on the child’s unique autism profile to achieve optimal outcomes.
Prior to her own family’s journey through severe autism, Dr. Shelley graduated with her BA and MS Ed., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She is an experienced educator pre-K-12 and a Master’s-level teacher trainer.
Dr. Shelley has helped families across the United States to co-create parent-led interventions (and appropriate parent-professional partnerships) to meet their children’s individual, multi-disciplinary intervention needs to move toward optimal outcomes.
Dr. Shelley’s training and certifications include, but are not limited to, the Son-Rise Program® and Option Process ™ Dialogue, the DIR/Floortime Model, Tomatis Center-based training, Therapeutic Listening, Sensory Defensiveness, The Alert Program, Sensory Integration and Processing, The M.O.R.E. Program for Oral-Motor Development, Developmental Vision, Hippotherapy, Animal-assisted Therapies, Communicating Partners, appropriate biomedical interventions and C.A.M. interventions, and group leadership.
Dr. Shelley’s additional areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, anthropology, communication, ethology, leadership theory and practice, motivational theory, psychiatry, physiology of the brain, genetics, neurology, environmental sciences, epigenetics, developmental psychology, neuro-linguistic-programming, government and federal agency policies, federal and by state special education mandates, APA policies, AAP policies, and stakeholder disparities.
She presents at conferences and in large, small, and individual group settings.
Dr. Shelley was an original Advisory Board Member of Developmental Delay Resources, on the Advisory Board of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders, a founding member of The Floortime Foundation, and is currently a member of the Professional Advisory Board of Epidemic Answers.
Date & Time
- Thursday, October 29, 2015 1:00 pm