Kimberly Heinemann has been working in the field of special education, with adolescents, adults and young children for over 12 years. She completed her undergraduate studies in special education and early childhood special education at Eastern Illinois University (EIU). While attending EIU, she worked at a group home as a habilitation aid for adults diagnosed with developmental delays. Kimberly was the activity director, financial coordinator, the head coach of the Special Olympics team, and organized community outings for the residents utilizing the student population at the local university.
She has completed her masters in early childhood special education at Hunter College this year, and will be completing the board certification requirements in January 2014, making her a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Kimberly has been providing direct instruction using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the Verbal Behavior (VB) approach in both the home- and school-based settings, serving the numerous students, families, and school based teams that she has worked with since 2003. During this time, she has accumulated extensive experience in the development and differentiation of a variety of curricula and materials for individuals with autism and special needs.
Kimberly began her journey with Autism Friendly Spaces (AFS), Inc. several years ago, serving as a volunteer for numerous events. She has now become one of the dedicated consultants who is able to assist our non-profit organization in making the community conducive, more accommodating and accessible to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families.