Veronica Crafton, M.Ed
Veronica has worked with children with autism since 2006. Having worked in a variety of environments, she garnered the skill set and knowledge to work with children on various levels of the autism spectrum. Her career began at the Emory Autism Center where she gained experience implementing play therapy with preschool aged children. She also worked at The Marcus Autism Center, a private facility for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Her work here included children with severe language delays and severe behaviors (i.e. hitting, biting, self-injurious behavior). She also worked for the Cobb County School District for six years as a teacher for children with intellectual and behavioral disabilities (most of the children having autism) and was elected Teacher of the Year in 2013. Veronica has also worked privately in the homes of several families over the past ten years. She also holds a bachelor of art in psychology and earned her master of education degree in multiple and severe disabilities from Georgia State University in 2010.
Veronica Crafton’s colorful experience has prepared her to educate and serve children, families, and educators. She is trained to work with a wide range of ages (from 2-18 years) as well as a variety of cognitive levels (from mildly intellectually disabled to profoundly intellectually disabled). Her service in the public school system has given her an understanding of classroom expectations for students, while helping parents understand details about their rights and options. Her work in the private sector allowed her to develop her own educational and social goals and objectives for each of her clients. Veronica knows firsthand the struggles faced by families with children with autism, which is why she works tirelessly to meet the needs of each family in ways unmatched by other companies and consultants.
Barjona Andrews, M.Ed
Director of School Consultation
Barjona Andrews has over 6 years of experience working with children with Autism. While earning her Master's Degree is Special Education, Ms. Andrews began working as an Autism teacher in Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. It was there where she first recieved specialized training in Applied Behavior Analysis. During her 5 year teaching career, Barjona worked across several districts and gained experience with children on various levels of the spectrum. In 2014, Ms. Andrews established to provide resources for Autism teachers and services providers across the globe. She combined knowledge of research-based autism intervention strategies with years of classroom experience. The result is a user friendly, common core aligned, effective program that promotes success in academic skills and language acquisition. To date, the site has had over 5,000 users from over 30 countries.
In 2014, Mrs. Andrews successfully coordinated fundraising efforts to sponsor camp for local children with Autism. One year later, she again successfully raised funds to sponsor a free spa day for Autism Moms in
Barjona Andrews has a unique passion and understanding for reaching Autistic learners. She currently works across the Atlanta, Ga area as an in-home behavior therapist and as a behavioral consultant for public and private schools.
Diana Garcia Frederick, Ed.S
Diana Garcia Frederick graduated from Georgia State University in 2002 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She then worked at the Marcus Autism Center for 2 years spending time in both the Severe Behavior Unit and Language and Learning Clinic (LLC). That experience inspired her to continue her education. She returned to Georgia State and earned her Masters and Specialist degrees in School Psychology. Diana then spent the next 5 years working for the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) program and focused on students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Diana supported her team with her knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis, Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), and Functional Behavioral Assessments. After a short break to focus on her family, she is now with Amazingly Uplifted as a Behavioral Consultant to continue supporting students with behavioral difficulties.
Diana focused on Psychology because of her fascination of people. Everyone is made up of millions of puzzle pieces, and as a psychologist and a consultant she enjoys being constantly challenged and pushed to discover how to help someone through a certain situation. There is truly no greater feeling in the world than watching a child succeed!
Veronica is also an alum of Lead Atlanta, a leadership development and community education program for promising young professionals.