Presenter Bios

Susan M. Abrams, M.A.CCC-SLP is the founder and director of CCL. She is a pediatric Speech – Language Pathologist with over thirty years experience evaluating and treating children with speech, language and social learning disorders in Montgomery County. She is certified by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the State of Maryland in speech language pathology. She holds a Masters in Speech Pathology from Hofstra University and a Masters in Counseling from George Washington University.  Sue is recognized as one of Maryland’s most respected therapists in the area of social thinking having completed the Social Thinking clinical training program with Michelle Garcia Winner CCC-SLP, in San Jose, California.  She has presented at the Social Thinking Providers Conference, most recently in 2013 with Dr. Judith Glasser, PhD. on Social Thinking Meets CBT.  In addition, she has completed the NDT certificate course and treats children with neurological challenges. She has also trained in the areas of pre-speech and feeding with nationally and internationally known speech language pathologist Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D. and provides therapies in these areas.

Selene Almazan, Esq.For the last 22 years, Selene has represented parents in special education matters with a primary focus on least restrictive environment issues at the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education (MCIE). Selene continues, in private practice, to represent families at IEP team meetings, state complaint proceedings, mediations, due process hearings, suspension/expulsion proceedings and federal court proceedings, including matters involving violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. She has extensive experience training families, teachers, school administrators, attorneys and advocates on legal issues related to special education law as well as disability discrimination issues. Since September 2014, Selene has been the Legal Director for the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) where she supports the work of the Amicus Committee as well as federal and local policy issues.  

Dr. Lance D. Clawson is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at both Georgetown University Department of Psychiatry and George Washington University School of Medicine. He also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; and teaches at the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowships at both Georgetown University and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Dr. Clawson received his medical degree with honors from Tufts University School of Medicine, and undergraduate his degree at the University of Southern California. He completed his Psychiatry Residency and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. While a trainee he received awards from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association for his leadership and innovative program in treating homeless children. Dr. Clawson eventually became the Director of Psychiatry Residency Training at Walter Reed, and after leaving the Army, the Medical Director for the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Recognized by his peers as a Washingtonian “Top Doctor,” for the past several years, Dr. Clawson has lectured extensively in the Washington DC metro area to psychiatrists, mental health professionals, teachers, and parents about: ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Childhood Depression and Bipolar Disorder, Pediatric Psychopharmacology, the impact of developmentally disabled children on families, as well as Motivation and Resiliency for Children.

Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A., observed many children with SPD and mild autism during her 25-year career as a music and movement teacher at St. Columba’s Nursery School in Washington, DC.  Today, she speaks internationally about SPD’s effect on children’s learning and behavior and how families and teachers can help. 

Her first book in the “Sync” series, The Out-of-Sync Child, was recently selected by Brain,Child magazine as one of the top ten books about children with disabilities.  Carol’s new book, The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up, will be published in 2016.

Carol graduated from Barnard College and earned her M.A. in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. She lives in Bethesda, plays the cello, and has five grandchildren.

Randi Rosenblatt, MA, CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist with over ten years experience.  She is certified by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the State of Maryland in speech language pathology. She holds a Masters of Arts in Speech Pathology from George Washington University. Randi is PROMPT trained and enjoys using these skills while working with children with apraxia and other articulation disorders.  She has presented at the Social Thinking Providers Conference and leads the Be Social Summer Camp.  Randi’s work is focused on toddlers to pre-teens, assessing and treating a wide variety of speech and language disorders. Her clinical experience includes: apraxia, articulation, phonology, augmentative communication, language, and social thinking groups. She has worked in varied settings including private, public schools and in the home.

Cindy Stauffer, LCPC, NCC is a licensed clinical professional counselor at Lotus Point Wellness with offices in Bethesda and Silver Spring, Maryland. She holds a Masters of Science in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland and a Masters of Business Administration from New York University. She in an insightful, innovative workshop leader and counselor with a wide range of experience focused on helping youth, adults, families and organizations heal, grow, and move toward their vision and goals. Cindy has found that empowering clients with practical strategies to incorporate into their daily living while supporting clients in doing the deeper work of increasing their understanding of themselves and others, ultimately leads to the most meaningful changes. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling, the Association for Multicultural Counseling and the Association for Mid Atlantic Imago Therapists. Her approach is holistic and she has specialized training to incorporate spirituality and mindfulness into her work in supporting clients for those who wish to do so. She has developed and led workshops at schools, religious organizations, professional organizations, and non-profits.