Brenda Smith Myles, PhD is an international speaker and consultant for the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence. Brenda has made over 500 presentations all over the world and written more than 150 articles and books on ASD including Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns and The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations. In addition, she served as the co-chair of the National ASD Teacher Standards Committee and was on the National Institute of Mental Health’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee’s Strategic Planning Consortium. Brenda is also on the executive boards of several organizations, including the Organization for Autism Research and ASTEP – Asperger Syndrome Training and Education Program. In addition, in the latest survey conducted by the University of Texas, she was acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world.
Katherine Cook, Ph.D., has worked in the field of special education for the past 15 years as an educator and an educational consultant to school districts. She is currently with the Olathe Public Schools.
Nancy E. Miller, M.Ed., OTR, is an occupational therapist working primarily with preschool and early elementary-aged children.
Louann Rinner, MSEd, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist and training director for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) training program at the Kansas University Center for Child Health and Development (CCHD). She received her B.S. in occupational therapy and M.S. in special education from the University of Kansas. As part of her work at the CCHD, she teaches interdisciplinary graduate students about autism spectrum disorders and works with children and families who come for initial diagnosis.
Louann also participates in CCHD training activities across the state teaching about autism screening and assessment practices and issues related to sensory processing.
Lisa A. Robbins, M.Ed., is an assistant professor at Missouri Western State College; she also serves as a consultant for Autism Support networks.