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Mary Watkins

Autism Spectrum Disorder Behavior Consultant

M.A. Special Education~ Autism Spectrum Disorders

Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorders (B-12)

Summary of Professional Experiences: 

  • Mary is an in-home and center based therapist for children on the Autism Spectrum. She has been a special education teacher and Autism/Behavior specialist for over 15 years
  • Worked with students with Autism and students with severe behavioral challenges for over 15 years

  • Most recently worked as an Autism and Behavior Therapist for Intermediate District 287

  • Conducted Functional Behavior Assessments and developed Positive Behavior Support Plans

  • Designed and implemented Positive Behavior Support Plans based off of the Prevent, Teach, Reinforce model.

  • Implemented Restorative Practices and conducted Restorative Circles

  • Presenter on “Behavior is Communication” at the 2017 Charting the C’s conference

  • In-home and centered based Behavior Therapist Supervisor for young children with autism.

  • Lead Setting 3 ASD teacher in the Shakopee School District

  • Everyday Behavior Tools Trainer

  • CPI certified

Personal Information:

Mary currently lives in Richfield with her husband and 4 daughters.  Her husband is a former special education teacher and they now co-own a small business in South Minneapolis that focuses on personal fitness and wellness.  They keep busy with their 4 young daughters who have just started to engage in sports and activities.  If you can’t find them at home, they are usually at a local park exploring and staying active outside!

How can Mary help you?

Mary would love to assist you and your team with:

  • Classroom supports (ie. visual supports, behavior strategies/systems, classroom setup, learning resources, etc).  
  • Assistance with both Initial and 3 year evaluations.  

  • IEP goals/objectives related to Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

  • Staff trainings on ASD/behavior strategies and Restorative Practices/SEL strategies

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