The FUSE Program combines the work and theories of Steven Gutstein’s Relationship Development Intervention, Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking, and Karen Levine’s Replays to create a FUSEd approach for children with social challenges. The FUSE Program supports the child in all areas of social functioning that cause difficulty, fostering a more positive and successful everyday experience for the child. When a child enters the FUSE Program, they are assessed to better understand strengths and weaknesses in relation to social engagement, problem solving, flexibility, communication, collaboration, and perspective taking. The FUSE Program uses a systematic series of objectives based on typical social development and the theories and results from the RDI and Social Thinking programs. The child begins working with the FUSE team at the appropriate objective and is supported in the office with parent/child sessions, at home with a home based service provider, and then in peer/dyad/group sessions with targeted objectives upon readiness. The goal is to generalize these objectives first with siblings and then with friends in everyday life scenarios.

Parent Testimonials

Lauren has been instrumental in helping my family, including my autistic child, for several years. She is smart, creative and caring, and my family has benefited greatly from the therapy she provides. We particularly appreciate that she adapts her approach to the needs of the child versus a “one-size-fits all” approach. I recommend her strongly to any family needing help in addressing autism. She is great at keeping us on a positive path.

Carol

Our Team

Lauren Krueger Weeks, Psy.D.
Founder and Clinical Director

Lauren is the Founder and Director of The FUSE Program and FUSE Preschool.  She is a licensed clinical child psychologist specializing in children with social challenges. Lauren received a BA in elementary education for children with special needs. After completing her Doctorate in child psychology, she trained for three years at Tufts Medical Center, Center for Children with Special Needs under a neuropsychologist and developmental behavioral pediatrician. She then opened her own private practice working with children and their families and consulting for schools.  She then attained her certification in Relationship Development Intervention (RDI). After many years of consulting for schools she decided to open her own to integrate approaches and better serve children with social challenges.

Kadie Hodnett,B.A., EEC Director II and Certified Lead Teacher
FUSE Preschool Program Director
Kadie received a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Development and Family Studies and brings over ten years of experience working with children aged 6 months to 12 years. She has worked in a variety of settings such as teacher, camp counselor, home based therapist, parent consultant, and director of an educational play group. She is currently training to become a certified RDI consultant.

Jennifer Deady, B.A., Advanced Certified Autism Specialist through IBBCES (ACAS#18488), EEC Certified Preschool Teacher
FUSE Preschool Teacher

Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She has over 20 years of experience working with young children diagnosed within the autism spectrum. Prior to joining, F. U. S. E. School in 2013 as preschool teacher and social group facilitator, Jennifer provided direct service, parent training, school consultation and teacher training, as well as, designing and facilitating play based-social groups. She is trained in Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), Social Thinking®, Zones of Regulation, and certified in Yoga and Mindfulness for Pre-K to grade 2. Jennifer enjoys teaching using a play-based approach. She is a DIR/Floortime® provider and working towards becoming an expert DIR/Floortime® Practitioner. Jennifer is also listed in the Social Thinking ® clinical training directory as a resource for those looking for knowledge about Social Thinking® methodology.  Jennifer truly enjoys being a part of the F.U.S.E team. 

Meghan Trefry, M.A.,EEC Certified Lead Teacher
FUSE Preschool Teacher
Meghan has a Master’s degree in Special Education and Educational Psychology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Psychology. She has worked with young children in various settings such as preschools, foster care, as well as a cheerleading and gymnastics coach. Meghan facilitates play-based social groups for FUSE and is a FUSE Summer Camp counselor. She is in the process of becoming RDI certified.

Patrick Kevane, M.A.

Patrick Kevane is a certified Special Education Teacher and Reading Specialist in Watertown who joined the FUSE team in 2009.  Since then he has filled many roles at FUSE including Home Service Provider, Camp Counselor, Group Facilitator, and Recess Games/Sports Facilitator.  Patrick looks forward to continuing his work with FUSE and having fun being silly with the kids!

Andreas George
Andreas is currently attending the University of Massachusetts Lowell for his Bachelor’s in English with a double minor in Education and Autism Studies.   Andreas has been at FUSE for two years leading social groups, assisting classrooms during the school year, and is a head counselor in the FUSE Camp and FUSEcation programs.

Kristen Carhardt B.A., EEC Certified Lead Teacher
Kristen holds two bachelor’s degrees in both Education and Psychology and is currently training to become RDI certified. Kristen is thrilled to be a teacher at FUSE Preschool. She has over fifteen years’ experience working with young children and their families in groups, classrooms, and home-based settings as a pediatric sleep consultant.

Alyssa Nastri
Alyssa holds a master’s degree in Child Study & Human Development with a focus in clinical psychology, as well as two bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and English Literature. In 2013 she began working with children in various capacities, including as a therapeutic mentor, one-to-one aide, preschool literacy specialist, and summer camp assistant director. Alyssa spent two years interning at FUSE through Tufts University, and is very excited about being a first grade teacher for FUSE.

 

Roy Cruz
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Alexandra Myer
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Margaret Cavanaugh
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Lauren Rees
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