Sharon Clougherty, M
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Sharon Clougherty, M.Ed. Assistant Director of Early Intervention Sharon Clougherty, M.Ed. is the Assistant Director of Early Intervention. Sharon has 20 years of experience in the field of special education in a variety of capacities. She has worked as a school-age and preschool classroom teacher for children with special needs. Sharon spent nine years working in the pediatrics department of Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) through a collaborative grant with ACHIEVA. Through this initiative, she provided early intervention services to children and families in Pittsburgh and surrounding communities. She also conducted inpatient and outpatient developmental assessments as part of a multi-disciplinary diagnostic team headed by Richard Solomon, MD. During this time, Sharon began training in the Floortime method of facilitated learning and relationship building, based on the works of Stanley Greenspan, MD, now known as DIR/Floortime Model. She was part of the management, training and treatment team of the PLAY Project that was developed at AGH to address the growing population of children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders. Sharon also provided treatment training and support to children and families as a behavior specialist consultant. She gained further experience with this population during her six year tenure as the director of teaching at Spectrum Charter School. This program provided school to work experiences and transition support for adolescents on the autistic spectrum. Sharon earned her bachelor’s of science degree in special education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree in early education of the handicapped child at the University of Pittsburgh.