vii Renee Watling, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, has practiced as a pediatric occupational therapist for more than 20 years, working in clinic, hospital, early intervention, school, and private practice settings. She currently holds a faculty appointment at the Univer- sity of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, where she teaches in the entry-level and postprofessional programs. She also lectures in the pe- diatrics course at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. Renee has published extensively, including co-editing the 3rd edition of Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Ther- apy Approach and authoring chapters in other pediatric oc- cupational therapy textbooks. Her other publications include research and theoretical papers as well as official documents and practice guidelines for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) on topics such as sensory in- tegration (SI), intervention for challenging behavior, collab- oration with other professionals, and occupational therapy services for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Renee began working with children with ASD during a parks and recreation summer program in her hometown of Vancouver, WA. She continued working with individuals with various diagnoses at UW’s Experimental Education Unit while earning her BS in occupational therapy. Her graduate studies emphasized emotional and behavioral disorders, early childhood special education, and the anal- ysis of human behavior. She conducted original research that examined practice patterns of occupational therapists working with individuals with ASD while earning her mas- ter’s degree, and investigated the effects of SI intervention for children with ASD while earning her doctorate. She was a fellow in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmen- tal Disorders training program at UW’s Center on Human Development and Disability and worked as a research assis- tant in UW’s Autism Program Project under the direction of Dr. Geraldine Dawson. Renee has lectured extensively at state, regional, na- tional, and international conferences and has served on various committees for AOTA, including holding the posi- tions of chairperson and education/research liaison for the Sensory Integration Special Interest Section and participat- ing in the Autism Community of Practice. Outside of professional activities, Renee enjoys garden- ing, nutrition and cooking, being outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, and spending time with her family. She shares life with her husband 2 daughters and the family dog, Parker. Susan L. Spitzer, PhD, OTR/L, has practiced occupational therapy for more than 20 years. Previously, she directed a hospital outpatient pro- gram and worked in early interven- tion programs and public and private schools. For the past 15 years she has operated her own private practice in Pasadena, CA, with an emphasis on personal meaning, SI, and play, and she often mentors other clinicians. Susan has taught occupational therapy courses at the University of Southern California (USC) as adjunct clinical faculty. She has presented to diverse audiences within and outside the profession, both nationally and locally. Susan is an experienced author, including contributing to the 2nd and 3rd editions of Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach co-authoring Activity Analysis, Creativ- ity, and Playfulness in Pediatric Occupational Therapy: Mak- ing Play Just Right and publishing various articles and book chapters on ASD, personal meaning, observational assess- ment, SI, and play. Susan first gained experience working with individuals with ASD while completing her BA in psychology from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA, where she conducted research on video modeling for play with children with ASD and trained in the use of behavioral interventions. Her research focus shifted to understand- ing occupational meaning for children with ASD while in graduate school at USC, where she received both her mas- ter’s degree in occupational therapy and her doctorate in occupational science. Outside her professional commitments, Susan enjoys gardening, hiking, and biking. She loves learning about and experiencing the world around her through reading, ana- lytical discussions, and traveling. She partners in life adven- tures and routines with her husband, David. About the Editors
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