Elaine, also known as “Coach E,” has been referenced by The New York
Times as “the child whisperer” and is a pioneer in using theatre and
movement practices as a portal for connection among individuals with
autism and related disabilities. Elaine was a top Hollywood acting coach
when her adopted son was diagnosed with severe autism.
When traditional behavioral therapies did not work for him, she developed an
innovative methodology combining mindfulness and the expressive arts
with what she was learning from autism experts, Dr. Stanley Greenspan, Dr.
Ricki Robinson, and Dr. Barry Prizant. These methods are chronicled in her
book, Seven Keys to Unlock Autism: Making Miracles in the Classroom,
which is used as a textbook in several universities, including Brown
University. Elaine’s memoir, Now I See the Moon: A Mother, A Son, a
Miracle was selected by the United Nations for World Autism Awareness
Day, where she has been a featured speaker.
Elaine has been lauded inThe New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, as well as on CNN, CBS, and the Oprah Winfrey Network. The Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary, AUTISM: The Musical profiles Elaine’s early work with The Miracle Project, which has since been deemed evidence-based and is now being replicated nationally and internationally.
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