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I am a wife, a mother to 3, an advocate for children and adults with disabilities, passionate about AAC, and committed to understanding and helping children with autism spectrum disorder.
Alicia J. Hart, B.A, is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University. Currently Alicia is writing a book on her journey through The Autism Life and runs a website and facebook group by the same name. She is also working on a summer program for local children with autism and their families called Adventure Club. Adventure Club gets children with ASD out into the community to develop social and communicative abilities, promote independence, and foster a positive self-esteem. Alicia volunteers her time regularly to those families and children needing Augmentative and Alternative Communication help or those with feeding difficulties. She has presented to students and faculty at Eastern Illinois University on topics such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Eosinophilic Disorders, NICU and the High Risk Newborn, Infants with Disabilities, Financial Implications for Families Raising a Child with Autism, and Typical Toddler Development. She has presented programs to the community on Neurobiological Advances in Autism Research, Picky Eating, Autism in Infants and Toddlers, The Child with Autism in the Medical Environment, Co-Morbidity and the Child with Autism, and Bridging the Gap: Therapy at Home and in the Clinic. She is also a faculty member of the Illinois Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics. Alicia has also provided trainings regarding Early Intervention and Autism, Early Warning Signs of Autism, Emergency Responders and Autism, Child Care Providers and Autism, New Diagnosis Orientations for families, as well as working with young children in Social Skills groups. Alicia is a member of the American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders, Kids with Food Allergies, and previously a member of the Child Life Council.