The C-SEA assists occupational therapists, regular classroom teachers, and special education teachers in working together to better understand how the classroom environment affects students’ ability to learn by providing room adaptation strategies to help professionals design a classroom that better addresses student needs.
Heather Kuhaneck, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, is a Professor and Founding Program Director of Occupational Therapy in the Recreation, Tourism, and Sports Management Department at Southern CT State University. Prior to this, she taught occupational therapy students for 19 years at Sacred Heart University. Her clinical practice as an occupational therapist included a specialization in autism and sensory integration, working in urban, suburban, and rural public schools as well as private clinics in three states in New England and the midwestern US. She is certified in Ayres’ sensory integration and is fidelity trained. Dr. Kuhaneck is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the co- editor of Case-Smith’s Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents. She is also the editor / co-editor of 3 editions of Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach and 2 editions of Making Play Just Right. She is a co-author of the Sensory Processing Measure first and second editions.
Jacqueline Kelleher, PhD, is the Executive Director of Vermont Family Network (VFN) whose mission is to empower and support all Vermont children, youth, and families, especially those with disabilities, and special health needs. VFN is also the federally designated Parent Training Information Center, a requirement of the IDEA Part D. Prior to VFN, Jacqui worked as the State Director of Special Education with the Vermont Agency of Education where she oversaw the implementation of special education policies, practices, and procedures with federal and state laws for districts in the state. Over her 25-year career, Jacqui also served as a teacher, administrator, professor, trainer, consultant, and evaluator. Jacqui’s doctoral work dually focused on measurement, evaluation and assessment, and Cognition & Instruction. She is the parent of four adult children with disabilities, including autism, ADHD, and generalized anxiety disorder. In January, Jacqui collaborated with Vermont Public as a panelist, with her autistic children, on Building Supportive Communities. Jacqui is privileged to lead a statewide nonprofit that brings high-quality services, programming, and support at no cost to all Vermont families.