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with Dr. Lisa Marnell


Most school professionals receive little to no training to learn to respectfully and effectively support autistic students. Further, most of the the training that is available is behaviorally based and does not present, explain, or address the neurological differences in autism. To better support and educate autistic students, school professionals must understand the brain-based strengths and challenges in autism! 

Dr. Lisa Marnell provides autism training that dives deep into autistic neurology. This helps your staff understand the strengths and challenges that autistic students face. Next, Dr. Marnell will teach you and your staff evidence-based approaches to support autistic students, without the need to rely on behavioral approaches like rewards or token boards. Finally, you will master strategies to promote emotional regulation in students and learn principles to develop realistic and meaningful IEP goals.

Why Seek Autism Training for your School?

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If you are a school administrator or school professional who would like to educate your staff in the use of neurodiversity-affirming and strengths-based approaches in autism, feel welcome to reach out to Dr. Marnell and schedule an informal meet and greet to discuss this possibility for your school.


Who is Dr. Lisa Marnell?

Hello! I am a faculty member at Boston University and an occupational therapist with over 20 years of experience working with autistic children. I completed my doctorate at BU where I studied executive function in autism. Now, I serve on the Board of Directors at the research-focused STAR Institute in Denver. I am diagnosed autistic myself and can speak from

my lived experience of being autistic in a non-autistic world.

My goal is to incorporate meaning, joy, and agency into the lives of autistic children. I believe that autism is not a disorder, but rather a different neurology, with its own strengths and challenges. This is also called strengths-based or neurodiversity-affirming practice. I am eager to share this understanding with teachers and administrators so they feel more knowledgable, excited, and confident in their work with autistic students.


When I am not teaching, training, or working with children and families, you will likely find me hiking with Luna, my precious husky rescue dog. I look forward to meeting you and

your school staff on Zoom!

How Does Autism Training in Schools Work?

General Overview:

  • All trainings are provided virtually in Live format

  • Options include a 2-hour or 4-hour format

       (with 5 to 10 minute movement breaks per hour)

  • Trainings are designed to actively engage learners. The learning session will include a combination of lecture with powerpoint slides, videos, case studies, explanatory visuals, Q & A, and brainstorming

  • Cancelation policy is available upon request

  • Accommodations for specialized learning needs will be discussed ahead of time and all reasonable supports will be offered


  • Please note that this training does not include or support the use of behavioral or ABA teachniques

  • Fees are available upon request

General Training Breakdown:

  • Speaker Introduction 

  • Explanation of the importance of neurodiversity-affirming practice in education 


  • Overview of autistic neurology and how it is different from that of neurotypical learners


  • Neurologically-based reasons for autistic behaviors in varied school settings


  • How to use an understanding of neurology to develop realistic and meaningful IEP goals


  • How to use an understanding of neurology to support autistic student performance


  • How to rely on a child's strengths to support emotional regulation and academic progress


  • Case study review, collaboration and brainstorming, and Q & A

What Options Are Available?

Two-Hour Lecture with
Q & A and 2 Case Studies

Pricing available upon request

Four-Hour Lecture with
Q & A, Multiple Case Studies,
& Group Collaboration

Pricing available upon request

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