Special Needs & Educational Advisor

PANEL A - Options in the Early Years: EI & CPSE

Chantal Aflalo has been a Special Needs & Educational Advisor for over ten years, providing comprehensive services for parents including classroom observations, review of evaluations and reports, specialized and mainstream school placement and admissions advice, and advocacy at CPSE and CSE meetings.  In addition, she is a Special Needs School Advisor for the Parents League of New York and a member of the JCC Committee for the annual JCC Special Needs School Fair. 



ABA Supervisor, New York League fOR Early Learning

PANEL A - Options in the Early Years: EI & CPSE

Michael Boardman is a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in New York State, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Special Educator (MA SpEd). He was a classroom teacher in a center-based preschool program for children with ASD at Roosevelt Children's Center from 1999-2006 and has been the ABA Supervisor at New York League for Early Learning Lifestart Program - a program that provides home- and community-based services (OT, PT, ST, SI, SEIT, and Evaluations) in the five Burroughs - since 2007.


Dr. Jennifer Cross

DEVELOPMENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL PEDIATRICIAN, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

PANEL A - Options in the Early Years: EI & CPSE

Dr. Jennifer Cross is an Assistant Attending Pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she also serves as the Program Director for the Early Intervention Program. An expert in the diagnosis and management of children with developmental disabilities, Dr. Cross is board certified in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She was voted one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors in 2011.

Dr. Cross received her medical degree (MB ChB) from Bristol University Medical School, Bristol England in 1983. After completing an internship at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, Dr. Cross moved to the United States, where she completed her Pediatric residency training at Lenox Hill Hospital and then fellowships in Neonatology at New York Hospital and in Developmental Pediatrics at Westchester Institute for Human Development/New York Medical College. After her fellowships, Dr. Cross was appointed as Clinical Assistant Professor in Pediatrics in the Department of Developmental Pediatrics at New York Medical College (NYMC), Valhalla and Assistant Attending Pediatrician at Westchester Medical Center, where she worked for eight years. Before joining Weill Cornell Medical College in 2006, Dr. Cross worked as a Developmental Pediatrician for four years atThe McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics in Manhattan, where she provided evaluations and management for children with a variety of developmental, learning, and behavioral disabilities including autistic spectrum disorders. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Dr. Cross teaches residents and medical students, and serves on the advisory board of the Weill Cornell Autism Research Program (WCARP).

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Director of Education, Manhattan Childrens Center

PANEL B - Behavior & methodology

Dr. Amy Davies Lackey received her Ph.D. in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from Columbia University Teachers College.  She was the recipient of the Nelle Taylor Award in Special Education and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst whose expertise is in the education of individuals with autism as well as their families.  Her diverse teaching experiences include regular education, incarcerated juvenile violent offenders in special education, mainstream settings, parent education, and teaching individuals with autism using Applied Behavior Analysis for the past 20 years.  Her research has been presented at numerous conferences in the field. She has focused primarily on teaching social skills and observational learning to children with autism and related disabilities, teacher training, as well as parent education. Dr. Davies Lackey is currently the Director of Education at Manhattan Childrens Center, an adjunct professor of education for several universities, currently serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Special Education Research, Policy & Practice and is a behavioral consultant to organizations and families.