Amanda Friedman, MSEd, SBL, is a special education teacher with over 10 years experience within the educational field. She is proud to have co-written along with Alison Berkley, chapters in Cutting Edge Therapies, 1001 Tips for the Parents of Autistic Boys, and 1001 Tips for the Parents of Autistic Girls. She has completed the Administrative Certification Program from the College of Saint Rose/CITE. Amanda has worked with students ranging in age from 3 – 25 years old with an array of differences including Autism, Mental Retardation, Emotional Disturbances (PTSD, Schizophrenia, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, etc.). She has acted as the Vice President for the Hudson Valley Autism Society, sat on several Walk for Autism Committees, and is a parent advocate for families at CSE and school meetings. Amanda has been through certified trainings in ABA, TEACCH, BART, and multiple trainings in DIR/Floortime. She is director and co-founder of the Emerge & See Education Center in Ny, NY. www.emergeandsee.net
Breaking Barriers is a blog that aims to break the taboos, the stigmas, and the walls that people have come to accept in society and in the special education world. It is the ideal name for this blog and for us because we are eager to use our voices, our students' voices, and yours to bring together the ASD community! We welcome you as a member of our PT family—let's break the cement holding us down and reach beyond the ceiling to new heights of learning, thinking, and change!