Jennifer M. Deady

 

I am an Advanced Certified Autism Specialist through IBCCES (ACAS#18488) and have over 20 years of experience working with young children diagnosed within the autism spectrum. My passion is helping children strengthen their relationships by combining therapies that have proven to be most successful. All sessions follow a play-based model. Children learn and develop important skills through play without even realizing. 

Prior to my independent work, I helped develop and was director at one of Massachusetts first Specialty Service Providers providing intensive early intervention services to children diagnosed with autism. I have designed and facilitated play-based social skills groups for children ages 3 to 10 years old diagnosed with Social Communication Disorder, High Functioning Autism/PDD-NOS, Social Anxiety and children with Social Emotional Challenges. I have held many roles, in-homes, at schools, as well as, school consultation and teacher training.

My experiences in the field have allowed me to work with many highly respected clinicians in the state. I have learned to combine what are considered best practices in treating children diagnosed within the autism spectrum; DIR/Floortime and ABA therapies. I have many years experience providing therapy using a play-based model.

I also work as a certified preschool teacher at F.U.S.E., a therapeutic preschool in Lexington MA. At FUSE, I practice Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), social thinking strategies and Zones of Regulation. I teach specialized yoga classes, social groups and pretend play groups, as well as, parent coaching. I am a certified Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher, certified to teach Pre-K to grade 2! I enjoy learning and have attended Social Thinking® Clinical Training level 1. I am currently in the process of becoming an RDI consultant, have completed my level one DIR/Flootime certification and am working towards becoming an expert DIR/Floortime provider.

Children need the

freedom and time to play.

Play is not a luxury.

Play is a necessity.

~Kay Redfield Jamison~

 Billerica,Ma                ~ jen@ahaconnections.com ~                 508-423-9564