Jed Baker | Lauren Arlen | Dan Bender | Janice M. Bryk | Mark Corallo | Harold Creary | Patricia Flanagan | Andrea Footerman | Jan Grayson | Heather Hafer | Melissa Klika | Kate Lowenfels | Chris Mesopotanese | Erica Minde
Jed Baker, Ph.D.
Director of the Social Skills Training Project, NJ Lic# 3314
Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, a private organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center and several other autism organizations. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides training internationally on the topic of social skills training and managing challenging behaviors. He is an award winning author of five books, including Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Aspergers Syndrome and Social Communication Problems; Preparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome; The Social Skills Picture Book; The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond; and No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior. His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.
Lauren Arlen, LSW, BCaBA
Lauren Arlen is a Licensed Social Worker and a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst with Social Skills Training Project. She has been working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other related developmental and social communication disorders and their families since 2005. Lauren specializes in providing services to children and their families such as individual and family counseling and individual and group social skills training. She also provides school consultations including observations, classroom recommendations, functional behavioral assessments and parent support at educational team meetings. Lauren is currently the Clinical Coordinator of the Social Skills Training Project, organizing all new intakes in addition to providing direct clinical services to clients. Lauren’s commitment to families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders continues in her volunteer work fundraising for charitable organizations.
Dan Bender, LPC,NCC
Dan Bender, LPC,NCC, is a NJ Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant, a School Psychologist, and a School Counselor. Dan provides neurofeedback services, individual therapy, family therapy, and social skills groups for kids with high functioning autism and related social, attentional, and behavioral difficulties. Dan works full-time as a preschool case manager in an urban school district, is a PhD student in Seton Hall University’s Education Research, Assessment, and Program Evaluation program, and is Vice Chair of a non-profit that seeks to improve the quality of education and health care for young children and their families within Irvington, NJ.
Janice M. Bryk, LCSW
Janice Bryk is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice
in Westfield, NJ. She has been working with children and families since
1989. Janice and her associates specialize in running social skills training
groups and providing individual and family therapy to children with high
functioning autism and other social communication disorders. She also
provides school observations, classroom recommendations, functional behavioral
assessments, consultations and parent support at IEP meetings.
Mark Corallo, MA CCC/SLP/PC
Mark Corallo has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for the past 11 years. His experience lies in treating children on the autistic spectrum including: Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS and Autism. He also has extensive experience helping children with Apraxia of speech and oral motor delays and dysfunction. He is certified in Prompt therapy, and many oral motor techniques.
As Mark was previously an actor, he has found that theater arts are also an excellent way of building communication, social skill speech and language, and self-esteem. He has run theater programs for hearing-impaired children, and runs social skill and theater programs for children on the spectrum and their siblings: www.creativecommunicators.net. In his spare time he writes for children’s theater and television.
Harold Creary is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Since 1992 he has provided therapy for children, families, teenagers, college students, and adults in a variety of settings. He has worked in several school settings from elementary through college, community agencies, and private practice. Since 1994 Harold has been working primarily with children, teens, and adults with autism spectrum disorders. His practice involves providing social skills training in both individual and group formats, individual counseling for behavioral and/or emotional challenges, and family counseling. He provides consultation and training for parents and families that are impacted by an autism spectrum disorder. He is involved with the school districts of his clients for individual consultations, evaluations, and IEP input. He has provided district wide social skills training for elementary, middle school, and high school students as well as professional development training for teachers and staff. Harold continues to work with a wide range of clients in terms of age and background while providing treatment that is sensitive to the holistic growth and development of each unique person.
Patricia Flanagan, is a licensed clinical social worker, and New Jersey
certified school social worker. She has worked with children and families
for over twenty-five years. She brings extensive experience working in
Early Intervention Programs, Community Mental Health, and Private Practice
providing assessment, school consultation, as well as individual, family
and group therapy. Mrs. Flanagan also has extensive experience facilitating
parent support groups and parent training workshops. She currently works
with children with developmental disorders, learning disabilities, and
social communication disabilities in her role as a Social Worker on the
Millburn Child Study Team. Her commitment to families and children with
developmental disorders and learning disabilities continues in her volunteer
work facilitating parent training and support groups in her local community.
Andrea Footerman, a licensed psychologist and New Jersey certified school
psychologist, has provided assessment, consultation, individual and group
therapy services over the past ten years in the public schools and private
practice. Dr. Footerman currently specializes in working with children
with high functioning pervasive developmental disorders , ADHD, and other
social communication disabilities. She offers individual and group therapy,
and consultation services including functional assessment, child study
team, teacher and paraprofessional training, comprehensive psychological
evaluations, education and advocacy at school meetings, and recommendations
for IEP development. Dr. Footerman works with preschool through high school
aged children and their families, and has also developed her own curriculum
specific to the needs of preschool and kindergarten children.
Jan Grayson, Psy.D.
Jan Grayson, a New Jersey certified school psychologist, has been providing social skills training to school-aged children since 1997. She specializes in working with children and adolescents with developmental disorders, learning disabilities and behavioral difficulties. In the public schools and in private practice, she provides a variety of services, including consultation, psychoeducational assessments, functional behavioral assessments, social skills training, individual and group therapy, and parent and staff training.
Heather Hafer, LSW
Heather Hafer is a Licensed Social Worker and has been working with individuals on the autism spectrum and their families since 2006. During her graduate training, Heather was a Social Work Intern on the Elementary Child Study Team for Millburn Public Schools working directly with Dr. Baker implementing social skills training for students. Since then she has provided group, individual and family training along with consulting for many public schools in New Jersey to help create successful positive behavioral support plans and social skill action plans.
Melissa Klika, Psy.D.
Melissa Klika, Psy.D., is a NY state licensed Psychologist and a NJ Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Klika has been working with children and families since 1997. For 15 years she was employed as a member of the Clinical Department in a private out of district placement for students with special needs. Dr. Klika works with individuals of all ages and presenting challenges. She provides individual and group therapy, social skills training, consultation, school observation/evaluation, parent and sibling support, and staff training.
Kate Lowenfels, LCSW, BCBA
Kate Lowenfels is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has been working with children and families since 2005. Kate has extensive experience with providing behavioral intervention and instruction to learners with autism and related developmental and social communication disorders through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Kate received her BCBA supervision and training through her work at Alpine Learning Group’s Outreach Program. She is skilled at working with children in the home, school and community environments. In addition to being a direct service provider, she is also an experienced coordinator of home/center-based ABA programs. Kate values and encourages opportunities to collaborate and work directly with parents/care givers, teachers and support staff through consultation and parent/staff training. She received her clinical supervision and training from Dr. Jed Baker, Ph.D. and Janice Bryk, LCSW and has had the opportunity to work directly with Dr. Baker implementing social skills training for students in the school environment. Kate provides individual, family and group therapeutic and social skills services at Dr. Baker’s Springfield location.
Chris Mesopotanese, Psy.D., BCBA
Chris Mesopotanese is a New Jersey certified school psychologist and board certified behavior analyst. He has been working with individuals with pervasive developmental disorders and their families since 1996. He has served as a behavioral consultant, home program coordinator, home-school consultant, school psychologist and support group facilitator for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome. Prior to joining the practice, Dr. Mesopotanese held the position of Executive Director of Quest Autism Programs, Inc., an innovative community based adult day program based on the principles of applied behavior analysis. In addition to offering individual, group counseling and parent training, Dr. Mesopotanese also provides consultation and training to various school districts throughout the state on the development and implementation of classroom, school and district-wide social skills programming and behavioral intervention.
Erica Minde, Psy.D., BCBA
Erica Minde, a New Jersey certified school psychologist and board certified behavior analyst, has been working with children with pervasive developmental disorders and their families since 1996. She provides services such as social skills training, individual and group counseling, parent training, psychoeducational assessments, functional behavioral assessments, and sibling support groups. She also consults to various school districts in New Jersey around issues of inclusion with children with autism spectrum disorders.