For over 35 years, Michael has worked in educational, residential, community, and vocational settings as a teacher, group home supervisor, consultant, university lecturer, program administrator, and staff trainer. He has been recognized by local, state, and national organizations for his service to those with autism and their families. Michael has a strong background in applied behavioral analysis and is interested in helping those with whom he works to understand the principles of this approach and how it's best implemented in natural contexts, with compassion and respect for the individual. Additional areas of expertise include: understanding and supporting sensory and movement differences in autism, augmented communication strategies, developing positive behavior supports, social skills training, teaching methodology, crisis management intervention, instructional technology, and assistive technology (including video modeling and iDevices technology and support). Over the years, Michael has had many mentors from which to learn and grow and he acknowledges that his greatest teachers have been individuals with autism and their families.
University of Wisconsin-Madison (1983-1987)
PhD, Special Education Administration, Minor - Behavioral Disabilities
MS, Educational Administration
MA, Public Policy and Administration (LaFollette Institute)
University of South Carolina (1975 - 1979)
BA, Educational Psychology
2010 - present
2010 - present
Recent Treatment and Educational Developments for Individuals with Autism. Postdoctoral Seminar: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Movement Difference and Diversity in Autism and Mental Retardation, University of Wisconsin-Madison Special Training Seminar -- presented by Anne Donnellan, Ph.D., Martha Leary, MA, Ralph Maurer, M.D., William Condon, Ph.D.
Curriculum Adaptations, University of Wisconsin-Madison Special Training Seminar -- presented by Alice Udvari-Solner, Ph.D.
Movement Difference in Autism, University of Wisconsin-Madison Seminar (spring and summer semesters) -- presented by Anne Donnellan, Ph.D.
Certified Infinite Possibililities Trainer. Chicago, IL: presented by Mike Dooley and Associates
The Fully-Adapted Macintosh; Curriculum Adaptations using Assistive Technology; Assessing Students' Need for Assistive Technology -- Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative Workshops
Facilitated Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison Special Training Seminar -- presented by Rosemary Crossley.
Mindworks: Understanding the Perceptual Learning Styles of Our Minds -- presented by Dawna Markova, Ph.D.
NSAC National Personnel Training Program: The Development of Educational Programs for Students with Autism and Other Severe Social and Communication Disorders (6 weeks) -- presented by Anne Donnellan, Ph.D. et. al.
Managing Threatening Confrontations, Community Ties -- presented by Paul White, MA
Averting and Handling Aggressive Behavior, South Carolina Department of Mental Health Training Workshop -- presented by Andrew Mance.
Judevine Center Professional Autism Training Program, South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Columbia, SC:
Social Thinking in the Classroom and Across the Day, presented by Michelle Garcia Winner, San Francisco, CA
Collaborative Problem Solving Meets Social Thinking, presented by Ross Greene and Michelle Garcia Winner, San Francisco, CA
Teaching Verbal Behavior to Children with Autism and Related Disorders. Presented by Vincent J. Carbone, Ed.D., and Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D.
Educational and Behavioral Consultant (Private)
1983 – Present
Autism Resources Network, Chicagoland, IL (home base)
Responsibilities include: provide support and assistance to: individuals with autism, families, school districts, and community agencies; provide individually-tailored services including: direct service to individuals with autism, assessment and follow-up services, inservice training and follow-up support, and consultation and ongoing support.
Provide inservice training and consultative support to agencies on the following topics: understanding autism spectrum disorders, sensory and movement differences in autism, applied behavioral analysis, augmented communication strategies, behavior management, social skills training, sensory processing, teaching methodology (i.e., discrete trial, errorless learning, shaping and chaining, visual supports), crisis management intervention, and assistive technology (including video modeling, iDevice technology and support).
Agency Consultative Contracts [Current]: Avenues to Community, Madison; Community Care of Central Wisconsin, Wausau; Dane County Department of Human Services; Innovative Services, Wausau; North DuPage Special Education Cooperative; Options, Madison; Rock County Developmental Disabilities Board; Wisconsin Department of Health Services; Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. [Previous]: Illinois Department of Health and Social Services, Northern Illinois Association for Special Education, School Association for Special Education in DuPage County, Wausau Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Westocha Exceptional Education Organization.
School District Contracts [Current]: Portage [Previous]: Elmgrove, Fond du Lac, Franklin, Green Bay, Janesville, Marinette, McFarland, Monroe, Mount Horeb, Racine Unified, Richland Center, Rhinelander, Sun Prairie, Stoughton, Verona Area, Waterloo, Watertown, Waukesha, Waunakee.
Autism Program Support Teacher
1992 - 2013
Madison Metropolitan School District; Madison, WI
Responsibilities included: developed, planned and implemented educational support services for students with autism; developed, planned and implemented training for staff providing educational services to students with autism; provided consultation and problem solving support to education teams working with students with autism; developed, and planned and implemented program evaluation strategies.
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000 - 2002
Edgewood College, Madison, WI 1993 - 1995
Responsibilities included: developed class syllabi and curriculum, conducted university class lectures, supervised students on individual and group class research and projects, and advised students. Courses included: Introduction to Exceptional Children, Methods for Teaching Students with Emotional/Behavior Disorders, Behavioral Management, Understanding and Supporting Students with Autism.
Director, Integrating School and Community Services for Youth with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
1990 – 1992
CESA #2, Dane County, Wisconsin
Responsibilities included: participated in multi-system planning regarding the development, implementation, and evaluation of a county-wide system of care for students with severe emotional disturbance; completed county-wide needs assessment and data analysis; developed and disseminated needs assessment, program, and evaluation reports; coordinated educational and school-based mental health services; provided staff development opportunities; and supported and supervised program staff.
1987 – 1989
LaGrange Area Department of Special Education, LaGrange, IL
Responsibilities included: interviewed, hired, supervised, and evaluated special education staff; monitored program compliance with state and federal rules and regulations; planned and implemented staff development opportunities; organized and supervised summer school program; and planned and provided for continued program development and enhancement.
Special Education Teacher
Group Home Supervisor
1979 - 1983
Columbia Program for Autistic Children, South Department of Mental Health
Richland County School #1, Columbia, South Carolina
Responsibilities included: developed and implemented educational, residential and community programs for students with communication and behavioral disabilities (2 years elementary, 2 years high school, 1 year group home supervisor); supervised student teachers/group home staff; conducted staff/parent training; and planned, coordinated, and provided supervision and staff development activities; presented at local, state, and national organizations on various topics related to supporting students with autism and their families.