Dr. Shelley A. Stravitz, Ed.D
ASD Educational Consulting
Dr. Shelley A. Stravitz is an inspirational speaker and an acknowledged expert in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). She shares her knowledge and experience on changing the current paradigms and beliefs about autism recovery with families, clinicians, and educators.
Dr. Shelley recovered her own child diagnosed with severe autism and mental retardation—who she was told would never speak— by focusing on developmentally appropriate, relationship-based interventions to resolve the underlying causes of her child’s unique ASD profile.
Building on these concepts, over the last 30 years Dr. Shelley’s clinical work, consultations with families and collaboration with their clinical partners and educators, workshops, extensive research, and experience on numerous professional advisory boards enabled her to develop the ACERS Model, a multi-disciplinary model of autism recovery. Extensive research of Dr. Shelley’s work with families utilizing this model demonstrated that their children reached optimal outcomes.
Dr. Shelley received her doctorate in Educational Leadership for Change: Autism Optimal Outcomes and her Master of Science in Education: Motivating Learners. Dr. Shelley graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She is an experienced Pre-K-12 educator and a Masters-level teacher trainer.
She continues her focus on the varied aspects of research impacting Autism Spectrum Disorders and remains committed to issues of social inequality and social justice that affect this population daily. Dr. Shelley is currently focused on supporting pre-service early childhood educators to recognize the earliest signs of autism and their causes, which can lead to earlier diagnosis and intervention.