Diane Gould


Ms. Gould is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. During her long professional career, Ms. Gould has worked for both private agencies and school systems.

Ms. Gould has worked for the Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization and the Niles Township District for Special Education. She has served as a consultant and been a guest lecturer for many area school districts.

Ms. Gould was the Childhood Disability and Family Support Specialist for the Jewish Children’s Bureau for over a decade. In that capacity she created many support and education programs. Ms. Gould has published on the subject of home-based support services.

Ms. Gould has expertise in autism. She served on the Professional Advisory Board of the Autism Society of Illinois. She has provided training on autism and related topics to hundreds of teachers and therapists.

Ms. Gould’s education includes certification in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from The University of Illinois at Chicago in 1987. She has received additional training from The Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis in Los Angeles, California, The Center for Collaborative Problem Solving, Boston, Massachusetts and The Social Thinking Center, San José, California. Ms. Gould is also a certified PEERS® facilitator.

Frances Shapiro, NCSP is a nationally certified school psychologist, dedicated to supporting individuals with disabilities and their families. She has over a dozen years of experience working with individuals with autism and Aspergers disorder, as well as ADHD, anxiety, executive functioning challenges and learning disabilities. Ms. Shapiro provides individual, group and family support around issues related to social functioning, employment and education for individuals with disabilities.

Ms. Shapiro has recently completed her training at UCLA as a certified PEERS® provider. In addition she is a certified customized employment specialist and a trained PATH facilitator for person-centered planning. She also has extensive experience with RDI®, an approach that addresses dynamic thinking challenges for individuals with disabilities.

Her prior experience includes work as an independent private provider, as an associate at Sweeney Augustin & Associates and as a school psychologist in a public school setting. Ms. Shapiro received her M Ed and Ed S from National-Louis University and graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe College with a BA in East Asian Studies.

Ms. Shapiro currently serves on the advisory committee for Yozma, a gap year program for individuals with invisible differences, as a disability advocate in her synagogue and as a volunteer for the HUGS program, a consortium of synagogues that provide special programming for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Fran Shapiro



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