Susan Louise Peterson has taken an incredible journey back to the public schools and worked in the tough inner city public schools of Las Vegas, NV for twenty years as a teacher and later a school psychologist. She taught and assessed students with at-risk situations from preschool to high school. Working in a large inner city high school of Las Vegas, Susan saw teens with a variety of issues and personal struggles. Susan also worked with parents making thousands of home visits in the inner city housing projects of Las Vegas and conducting hundreds of parent meetings to encourage parents to help their children succeed.
When Susan first started teaching she had not even heard the word-autism, but that soon changed. Later, Susan worked as a school psychologist in a school diagnostic center for early childhood students with development delays and autism concerns. She has conducted over 1000 multidisciplinary team assessments for children with possible developmental delays and autism concerns beside speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, school nurses, vision/hearing specialists, special education teachers, regular education teachers and parents. In that process she realized that professionals can have different perspectives and varying opinions about autism and developmental delays. As well, parents struggle with questions of autism and delays from information they receive from professionals with different training experiences.
Susan has received numerous national awards for improving educational practice including being named to the Practitioners Hall of Fame by NOVA University. Susan is the author of several books in the areas of education, child behavior and research.