Jennifer C. Townsend, M.Ed is an Educational Consultant with expertise in social emotional learning differences including autism spectrum disorder. Jen works in partnership with school districts to build capacity for educating students with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities in the school setting using best practices paired with appreciative inquiry coaching and universal designs for learning. She is the co-author for Social Emotional Engagement Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS) and a contributor to various written pieces including book chapters and research studies to support this success. She contributes to the field of education with collaborative consultation in school-based programming, home-based programming, mental-health & well-being, professional development, coaching, implementation of evidence based practices, and universal design for learning. She provides professional learning opportunities including lectures across the United States and Canada. Jen has a Master's in Education from the Johns Hopkins University and received a postgraduate certification in Autism Spectrum Disorder from Johns Hopkins University and has her Director of Special Education and Pupil Services certification from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. She was an adjunct faculty at Carroll University and currently collaborates with both Emporia State University and the University of West Georgia. Jen is an active member in the field of education and believes that together we can go beyond just making a difference; we can be the difference.
Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP is the Director of Communication Crossroads, Inc., a private practice specializing in the provision of professional development workshops. She is also the Director of the Educational Outreach Program at the Marcus Autism Center, an academic affiliate with Emory University and an NIH Autism Center of Excellence. She is a speech-language pathologist specializing in autism and related social learning disabilities. As a former adjunct faculty member and lecturer at Yale University, she has served as a member of their Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic. She recently participated as a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Ad Hoc Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), a committee charged with developing guidelines related to the role of speech-language pathologists in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of ASD. She is a co-author of SCERTS, a criterion referenced assessment tool and framework for social and emotional development. She lectures internationally and provides consultation to educational programs developing programs for social and emotional learning and engagement in the classroom setting.