Keys to Becoming a Successful Consultant

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Dr. Edna Herron Smith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is known throughout North America for her collaborative work with schools and families as well as her dynamic and “user-friendly” workshop presentations. She received undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Speech/Language Pathology as well as a Ph.D. in Child and Family Development. She has over 40 years of experience in special education including public school work, higher education, consultation, child advocacy, early childhood education, and private practice. For the past twenty years she has specialized in supporting educators in their work with students with autism spectrum disorders.

In 2008 Edna retired as Autism Spectrum Coach for the Park Hill school district in Kansas City, Missouri and is currently in private practice as an autism consultant for school districts. She has served as a mentor for new autism consultants as part of the Project ACCESS Building Effective Autism Teams initiative and for the British Columbia Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders. She was, for ten years, the Director of Project ACCESS, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s resource agency for persons working with students with autism and related disorders and has served as Executive Director of the Autism Asperger Resource Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has also been an Education and Behaviour Consultant for British Columbia’s Provincial Resource Program for Autism and Related Disorders where she provided training and consultation targeting individualized functional curricula, social/communication systems, assessment and diagnosis and positive behavioral support programs. Dr. Smith is a past member of the Autism Society of America’s Panel of Professional Advisors and a consulting editor of Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. In 2009 Dr. Smith was appointed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to the State Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board, where she continues to serve.