Beth Janoff’s qualifications include 35 years as a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist. For the past 10 years, her primary focus has been teaching social skills to students with Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, and other related social/emotional skill needs. She specializes in the development of theory of mind as well as intervention in perspective taking and self-advocacy for adolescents and young adults. Helping students build social relationships through improvement of interaction skills and emotional awareness is her passion.
Beth has worked in a large suburban high school with students in small groups and 1-1 instruction. Beth has expertise in working with a diverse student population with a variety of individual strengths and needs. She also supports development of receptive and expressive language skills and other more traditional needs such as stuttering and articulation. She has been a member of the school’s transition team to help students plan for their post secondary school future. Beth also spends a great deal of professional time consulting and training service providers. She has experience instructing educators at the graduate level. Throughout her career, she has worked with diverse populations including: Early Intervention programs, school aged students, and adults located in urban and suburban settings.
For the past 27 years, Karen McManness has held several counseling and behavioral consulting positions in the Helping Services Profession. She has worked with a wide range of clients from pre-school to college age students. Karen is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and her experience includes work with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as Down’s syndrome, ADD/ADHD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Mood/Anxiety Disorders, Learning Disabilities and Developmental Delay.
Her experiences include working hands-on with special needs students in their homes, schools, and communities in both group and individual settings. Karen’s experiences extend to support and consultation with parents, teachers and other professionals throughout the region, and she has been influential in helping schools develop crucial behavioral support services and accommodations.
Sally’s qualifications include 27 years as a special educator mainly at a large suburban high school. Her experiences there include Transition Coordinator, itinerant support teacher where she worked with many college bound students assisting with college searches, applications, essays, and securing appropriate college supports. She also provided direct instruction for students with learning disabilities, ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Intellectual Disabilities. Sally also enjoyed co-leading social skills groups for many years. She also worked as a member of the Montgomery County Transition Counsel.
For the past three and a half years, Sally worked as Autism Specialist for a small non-profit agency in Montgomery and Bucks Counties. She co-developed, organized, and managed a very successful social club for adults which continues to meet monthly. She also assessed many individuals on the autism spectrum identifying strengths, needs, and at times, behavioral challenges. She offered many trainings on Understanding Autism to staff, presented at two conferences about adults with autism spectrum disorders, and also offered more topic specific trainings such as Social Skills, Visual Strategies and Social Stories, iPad apps for autism, and Sensory issues.
She worked within the Adult Services System in Pennsylvania including the Adult Autism Waiver from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Autism Services as well as other waivers. She served on two Boards of Directors for many years: Kencrest Services and Centers Boards and the Greater Philadelphia Autism Society of America Board including 2 years as co-President. She continues to serve on their Adult Services Committee.