Sam Dickinson has been working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disabilities for the past 16 years. He is a graduate from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Child Education. Sam was an ASD classroom teacher for nine years for Orange County Public Schools before moving into his current position as Behavior Specialist for the past six years. He has worked extensively with children ages 3 through 12 who fall on various points of the autism spectrum. Having attended week-long trainings in both Asheville NC for TEACCH, and Plano TX for Structured Teaching, Sam is very familiar with the Structured Teaching methods for children with autism spectrum disorders. As a Behavior Specialist, Sam has the responsibility of performing Functional Behavior Assessments and creating and implementing Behavior Intervention Plans. In his 16 years of experience, Sam has received the award of Teacher of the Year twice at two different schools. He has used the Superflex Social Thinking Curriculum for several years with his students and has witnessed great success stories. When it comes to his philosophy and beliefs, Sam strongly believes that visual supports, structure, communication, and sensory integration play a key role in assisting with not only the behavioral needs of the children he works with, but in their educations and daily living as well.