During her 30-year career Dr. Monteiro has evaluated more than 4,000 children on the autism spectrum. In addition, she has trained scores of educators and clinicians in the US and internationally, teaching them how to diagnose and understand children on the autism spectrum and communicate with the children’s families. Dr. Monteiro has pioneered a qualitative approach to evaluation that gives clinicians the tools to describe autism spectrum behavioral profiles in individualized and descriptive terms, leading to practical intervention strategies. Her descriptive evaluation tools complement and enhance the use of standardized autism tools, including the ADOS-2, providing evaluators with a visual framework and accessible language to describe each child’s autism spectrum differences in development in substantive terms.
Dr. Monteiro has a BA in psychology and education from Grinnell College, an MA in psychology from Drake University, and a PhD in psychology (applied behavior analysis) from Western Michigan University. She completed postgraduate work in family systems therapy at the Southwest Family Institute in Dallas. She is a frequent speaker at state, regional, and national conferences, and provides autism evaluation training workshops for school districts throughout the United States.