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Asperger's Syndrome and High Functioning Autism - Faculty

Fawn Anderson, MA, is an autism specialist with the Northwest Regional ESD. Ms. Anderson develops and implements intensive behavioral programs and provides consultation to teachers, parents, and other professionals working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ms. Anderson has worked as an early childhood special education teacher and consultant. She has presented numerous autism trainings to teachers and other professionals in Oregon, Alabama, Minnesota, and Arkansas.

Laura Anderson, MEd, is an autism specialist with Northwest Regional Educational Service District (NWRESD) and serves as a consultant to school district staff and families supporting ASD students. She has presented numerous trainings on ASD related topics for classroom and school-wide staff and is skilled in consultation and instruction on autism spectrum disorders for educators, families and children. As a former special education teacher, Ms. Anderson coordinated the development of a new self-contained grade 6-12 program, supervised and trained educational assistants, and has expertise in a variety of assistive technologies and programs for students with special needs.

Tamra Hass, MS, is a licensed speech pathologist and has worked with children with communication delays in school districts and in private practice. She has worked for the Columbia Regional Program as an autism specialist/speech pathologist, and is currently the Columbia Regional Program’s autism program chair, where she trains and mentors new autism specialists and collaborates with school administration on issues of policy and procedures. Ms. Hass has authored two computer-based assessments and curricula for autism spectrum disorders, developed and presented regional workshops on the subject of autism, and has extensive experience applying and individualizing positive behavioral intervention strategies.

Brad Hendershott, M.S., is the program representative for autism services at Columbia Regional Program. Brad is a licensed speech language pathologist with over 14 years of experience serving students on the autism spectrum, work that encompassed evaluation, program planning, and intervention. As an autism specialist and trainer, he has authored numerous presentations, co-authored a transition toolkit for youth and young adults with ASD, and presented at state and national conferences. His focus areas in ASD include social skills instruction, functional communication intervention, and assistive technology. Brad is currently completing his doctorate at the University of Oregon in Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership.