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Dawn M. Yeselavage, M. Ed.

Dawn M. Yeselavage, M. Ed.

5215 North Sabino Canyon Road
Tucson, AZ  85750
(520) 209-2501

Summary of Professional Skills

A teacher of children with autism with over 16 years of experience working with students on the Autistic Spectrum both in public schools and home based settings.  Dawn possesses a natural ability to understand a student and design an individualized program which meets their social, educational, and behavioral needs.  Dawn has demonstrated an ability to establish an instant connection with both students and their families which makes her highly successful at implementing learning strategies.


Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA, B.S., Special Education, January 1994

Beaver College, Glenside, PA, Master of Special Education, August 2000

St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA, Completed all coursework, Supervisor of Special Education, June 2001

Pennsylvania State University, enrolled, Postbaccalaureate Professional Development Certificate in Autism

Work Experience

Building Bridges for Autism, Tucson, AZ

Owner, Educational Consultant

  • Teach social skills to children with PDD-NOS, Asperger's Syndrome and high functioning autism
  • Work individually with children on behavioral, academic and social needs
  • Consultation for schools on inclusion strategies
  • Present workshops and trainings to parents and educators on topics related to autism

Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Doylestown, PA                                                               1994-2009

Autistic Support Teacher

  • Head teacher for the Autistic Support Program from 1998-2009
  • Taught students at all levels on the autistic spectrum
  • Expert in IEP implementation
  • Trained numerous Student Teachers
  • Served as mentor to numerous staff
  • Taught social skills within the school environment using direct teaching, role-playing and modeling
  • Collaborated with regular education teachers to successfully include children with autism in the inclusive setting
  • Created intensive specially designed instruction to help children with social, behavioral, academic and communication skills
  • Developed and adapted lessons to meet all students' individual learning styles and needs
  • Successfully developed and implemented class-wide Behavior Management Systems
  • Fully integrated speech, OT and PT into the classroom environment by working collaboratively with related service personnel
  • Worked daily with parents to help children generalize skills learned in the classroom to the home environment

BCIU Extended School Year, Doylestown, PA 1994-2005

Head Teacher

  • Supervised teachers and paraprofessionals
  • Established schedules for classes, transportation, community-based instruction, et al.
  • Developed and established curriculum and data sheets for progress monitoring
  • Data collection of IEP goals
  • Go-to resource for parents and staff for all issues


Private Consulting Work, Blue Bell, PA                                                        2003-2008

Taught children with autism in a private setting to develop behavioral, academic, and social skills.

Educational Consultant

  • Developed and delivered customized curriculum to complement work performed in a private school setting
  • Taught students functional living skills in the home environment
  • Instructed students in the community setting to work on daily living skills

Publications & Other Work Products

  • Developed and delivered a seminar entitled Inclusion Strategies for Professionals and Paraprofessionals for the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, 2008 and 2009
  • Co-developed and taught a personal safety program for children with autism
  • Developed and implemented Bullying and Anger Management Program
  • Coordinated development of Annual Talent Show for children with autism for more than a decade


  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • National Education Association
  • Autism Society of America
  • AZ Autism Coalition
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