JONATHAN ALDERSON BIOGRAPHY
After completing his Masters of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy at Harvard University, Jonathan has a private educational consulting practice in Southwestern Ontario working primarily as an autism treatment specialist training families with special needs children. Combining experience as the Curriculum Specialist Coordinator with Teach For America in Houston, Texas, an internship with the Harvard Family Research Project, and as a coordinator of the Intensive Preparation for the Study of International Education (IPSIE) program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Jonathan’s diverse education and work experience provides the inspiration for his focus on bringing innovation to the field of autism treatment.
Jonathan developed an early interest in education and leadership development working with children with cancer as well as teaching in a remedial reading program for children from disadvantaged homes. After completing an undergraduate degree in developmental and educational psychology at the University of Western Ontario, and completing a year at the Sorbonne University in Paris, Jonathan published his honors thesis in the Journal of the Society for Accelerative Learning and Teaching.
A 3-year intensive certification training in autism treatment at the Son-Rise Program of the Option Institute in Massachusetts, including over 1500 hours of one-to-one floor-time with autistic children, strongly influenced his current focus on a humanistic approach to autism treatment. Jonathan worked at the Option Institute as Administrator of the Son-Rise Program for children with special needs and as a senior therapist trainer. Working as both a senior teacher and parent trainer, Jonathan instructed more than 3000 families and special needs children around the world. He then spent a year as the Son-Rise Program Europe-based representative living in London, England and supporting families in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Holland and Spain running home-based intervention.
With experience delivering seminars and training workshops internationally (including Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Mexico) Jonathan has been a speaker at the Royal College of Pediatricians (University of Nottingham) and for the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation. Along with a six-year term on the Board of Directors of the Option Institute, he is also a member of the Autism Society of Ontario, the American Counseling Association, and Phi Delta Kappa International. Most recently Jonathan has specialized in merging educational and biomedical treatments of autism and related disorders toward an integrated model he has developed called Intensive Multi-Treatment Intervention.
In 2010, Jonathan was named nominee for The Globe and Mail's 25 Transformational Canadians.
Invited to participate as a keynote speaker/ panel member at the following international education conferences:
Designed and presented to various audiences of up to 200 participants:
Jonathan is available for private consultation, group training, and workshops.
"Over 15 years, I’ve learned about patience and acceptance from the special children and people with autism I support. And I feel honoured to work each day with such committed parents and therapists.
Every child has their own unique strengths and challenges. There is no single approach to supporting those with autism, with one exception; acceptance and joy."
Jonathan Alderson, Ed.M.