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Anna Shaw Children’s Institute
1201 Burleyson Road
Dalton, GA 30720
Phone:  (706) 276-1111

Facilitators

Suzanne D’Itri

Suzanne D'Itri.jpgSuzanne D’Itri has more than 31 years of experience in special education, primarily as a teacher of students with emotional behavior disorders and autism. Suzanne received her BA in Special Education and Elementary Education and her MA in Special Education from Michigan State University. She has been working with children with emotional behavior disorders and autism in the Whitfield County School System since 1999. She has prior experience as a special education teacher in Michigan and New York. Suzanne currently serves as Educational Diagnostician and Behavior Specialist for Whitfield County Schools.

Kimberly Dudley

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Kimberly Dudley has worked with children with autism spectrum disorders for over 20 years in the Whitfield County School system in Dalton as a speech-language pathologist.  She has strong skills in the areas of video modeling, video self modeling, and augmentative and alternative communication in the classroom setting. She is the special education lead at her elementary school, which houses special programs for students with autism spectrum disorders. She is also a member of the Autism Resource Team (ART).  She earned her undergraduate and master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of North Texas.

Ruthie Reed-Rule

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Ruthie Reed Rule has worked with students with autism spectrum disorders and behavioral challenges for over 20 years in the private sector as a teacher and is currently a special education coordinator overseeing Whitfield County School’s Autism Resource Team (ART).  Her training began in 1996 as a discrete trial trainer while working on her master’s degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she received two years of intense on-going training in Applied Behavior Analysis.  Following graduation, she worked as a teacher for students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD) and autism.  Since that time, she has received training in the TEACCH methodology from the University of North Carolina. She earned a Degree in Educational Technology and School Leadership from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. She is excited to be a part of Georgia’s Autism and Behavioral Support Initiative!