Sarah Ward, MS CCC-SLP
is considered an “Executive Functioning Guru” and is the Co-Director (and founder) of Cognitive Connections in Lincoln, MA. She has over 15 years experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment and 
case management of children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of developmental and 
acquired brain based learning difficulties and behavioral problems. She has presented to 
and consulted with over 350 public and private schools in Massachusetts and across the United States.:

“Brian has worked with many challenging students whom other clinicians have said “I don’t know what else to do to help” or who say they “can’t do anymore.” Brian is inspired by ‘can’t’, thinks out of the box and is determined not just to make a difference and help his clients and families but rather to bring about significant change in their lives. Most importantly Brian gets out of the confines of an office and develops social thinking and problem solving skills in the real world. He takes students into the community and shows them how to really apply what they are learning in real world contexts. I have worked with students who had not been making progress in their current setting and after just a short time of working with Brian demonstrated significant change.”

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Testimonial: Sarah Ward

If you would like to learn more about Sarah Ward and her organization’s incredible work with individuals then please click on the following link: Cognitive Connections Therapy

Valerie Paradiz, PhD (Author of The Integrated Self Advocacy ISA® Curriculum and Elijah’s Cup):

“Brian Gordon is one of the most innovative professionals working in our field. With a background in standup comedy, one of the toughest professions around, Brian opens doors to communication and confidence for young people with autism spectrum conditions. He gets how making mistakes can become fertile ground for learning. He is optimistic, fun, brilliant and so are his teaching methods. I highly recommend Brian’s work in your school, agency, community or program!”

Andrew Nelson, M.Ed. ISA® -CI (Autism Theatre Network founder):

“I have had the pleasure of working with Brian Gordon through the Autism Theatre Network workshops at the Autism Society of America national conference. Brian is positive and contagious. He knows exactly who he is and speaks directly from his heart and experience with no mask…this is such a refreshing quality. Brian is adept at knowing how to bring his honesty to his work with individuals with autism as well. His approach is loving and confident and he seems to know just how to give power back to the individuals he works with. The trust he has in the individuals he serves allows them to break free from typical “social skills” educational structures to build genuine confidence and autonomy. Brian is alive and creative…his approaches are a breath of fresh air.”

Jacqueline Russell, founder of the Red Kite Project and director of Chicago Children’s Theatre
“Brian Gordon’s Social Learning is truly a breath of fresh air! Brian’s fun and entertaining approach to engaging young people with ASD is both innovative and compassionate. However, I am most intrigued with his uncanny ability and drive to find the key to understanding any behavioral quirk, habit or issue. Now my only real issue with Brian is how to get him to Chicago and on my team here at the Red Kite Project!”

Cindy Schneider is a pioneer in the field of drama therapy for people with autism, and author of the book Acting Antics: A Theatrical Approach to Teaching Social Understanding to Kids and Teens with Asperger Syndrome. Her classes in theater and movement at Acting Antics are offered to kids and adults of all ages, and with a fairly wide range of diagnoses (high functioning autism, Asperger syndrome, PDD-NOS, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, ADHD, etc.)

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