Dave Nelson, M.S., L.P.C.
is a licensed counselor who works with children, adolescents, and
their families. Based on his experiences with his own son (who is
now a young adult), he changed careers to work with children facing
developmental and learning challenges. His work focuses both on
developing the interactive, emotional, and learning capabilities
of children and on helping parents understand and address the variety
of issues in nurturing the growth of a challenging child. He is also the director of The Community School (www.thecommunityschool.net)
in Decatur, a program that addresses the needs of adolescents with
learning and social differences. He has an M.S. in Counseling and an
M.A. in English Literature from Georgia State University, as well as an
M.B.A. from Duke University.
Kathleen A. Platzman,
a Licensed Psychologist. Her private practice focuses on both assessment
and treatment of infants and children with a wide range of developmental
disabilities. She specializes in working with individuals with autistic
spectrum disorders and their families. Services offered include
infant and child assessment, child and family psychotherapy, treatment
planning, consultation to families and schools, group and drama
therapies. She is a faculty member of the Interdisciplinary Council
on Developmental and Learning Disorders.
received her doctorate in 1983 from the University of Chicago, Committee
on Human Development. In 1992 she completed a respecialization in
Child and Family Psychotherapy from Georgia State University. She
was licensed in 1993. For the past twenty years, she has conducted
research on the long-term developmental consequences of prenatal
drug and alcohol exposure and early environmental neglect.
Beth Stark, M.S., CCC-SLP 404-386-1324
Mary Beth Stark is a licensed speech and language pathologist specializing
in social communication disorders in children. Major focus has been on
working with children with autistic spectrum disorders and their families,
utilizing the DIR model. Treatment considers the unique communication
patterns of this population, stresses the importance of verbal and nonverbal
language skills, and understands the significance of pretend play as it
relates to developing language ability. Mary Beth has been a practicing
speech and language pathologist for the past twenty-five years, working in
private practice, the public schools and home health care, both as a
therapist and a consultant. Under the direction of Barbara Dunbar, she
taught a three year pilot program for young children with social and
communication disorders and their parents. Mary Beth earned her bachelors
and masters degree from Bradley University.