Coach Mike

Helping Kids with Autism


To help kids[1] and young adults with autism[2] and other disabilities improve their skills while having fun.

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I offer one-on-one in-home therapeutic and tutoring services for children and adults in the Washington, D.C. area with Autism Spectrum Disorders[3] and other disabilities. I use intensive intervention programs that employ elements of both Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship (DIR) model.




I offer services including:

• Academic tutoring
• Coaching on social skills and
   understanding emotions
• Facilitating participation in sports and
   other recreational activities
• Teaching life skills
• Supervising play dates
• Developing, revising, and implementing
   programs and
• Providing guidance for families.



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Summary of Experience and Education 

• MS, Education, Johns Hopkins University, 2011, 3.8 GPA

• 10 years experience volunteering with children and adults with autism

• 6 years experience working professionally with children with autism

• Graduate Certificate, Autism and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Johns Hopkins University,  2008, 3.5 GPA

• MBA, American University, 1999, 3.4 GPA

• BA, Journalism, Ohio Wesleyan University

Praxis I scores - Reading:  184 out of 190, Writing:  184 out of 190, Math:  188 out of 190.  (The Praxis I Test, administered by the Educational Testing Service, is one of several requirements for teacher certification).   

[1] I emphasize "kids" or "children", but many of the same references can be applied to adults with autism, and I also provide services to adults with autism and other disabilities.
[2] I occasionally use the term "autistic person". Although it is more politically correct/ accepted to use the term "people with autism", some people with autism have said they prefer the term "autistic person"

[3] Hereafter "autism"