Gwen has worked with children with a variety of special needs for over a decade. Although she is often asked whether she finds this career difficult or frustrating, her answer is always “No.” She finds working with her clients to be fascinating, challenging, and rewarding. She loves watching the children gain new skills and confidence in themselves. Gwen also enjoys working with families to increase their ability to understand and engage in positive interactions with their children.
As a behavior therapist and consultant for the past 15 years Gwen has had extensive experience training and supervising teams of clinicians working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), developmental disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and learning disabilities. She has provided expert advice for Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings between school districts & parents. In order to determine levels of functioning and to appropriately create individualized treatment plans for her clients, Gwen has experience administering developmental and educational assessments.
Over the years, Gwen has learned that all of her clients respond uniquely to intervention. In order to provide the best intervention, she has learned about many different approaches. As Gwen meets each new client, she works to develop an individualized treatment plan, rooted in evidence-based intervention, that meets his or her unique needs.
Cindy Ciluffo, MSW, LCSW, MEd, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Cindy received her bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in sociology and business administration. She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan and her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University. She has been working as a social worker since 2000, and obtained her clinical license in 2006. She provides a holistic and supportive environment that helps implement her passion to support individuals and families.
Cindy has worked with individuals and groups of children and adolescents, as well as coached families to support one another in safe, healthy ways. Some of her areas of expertise include family support and coaching, educational advocacy, transition planning for young adults, executive functioning, mindfulness, stress management, and teaching and supporting children with special needs to understand relationships and sexuality. Cindy’s background as a school social worker and school principal provide an important perspective when working with children. It enables her to help families facilitate skills across environments.
Cindy has been working at Mason Intervention, Inc for over a year and appreciates the Mason Intervention’s emphasis on evidence-based intervention. She also loves working in the collaborative environment with other clinicians.
Amy Alberts, Behavioral Therapist
Amy received her bachelor’s degree (BS) from Indiana University in Human Development and Family Studies in 1999. She then earned her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Tulane University in 2003. At an internship, while studying at Tulane, Amy began her work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. She enjoyed working with this population, and pursued work in this area when she returned to Chicago after graduation.
Amy worked on a homeschool therapy team for two years, where she was introduced to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She had the opportunity to observe other therapeutic domains, such as speech and language therapy, and occupational therapy. Amy moved on to work in a clinic as a therapist where she received further training from Behavior Specialists and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). She became very involved with social inclusion in schools, and in homes with siblings and typically developing peers. Amy took some time off to have her children, and is very excited to join the collaborative team at Mason Intervention, Inc.
Chance Lowe, Behavioral Therapist
Chance Lowe is excited to join the dynamic Mason Intervention staff, and to have the opportunity work with Dr. Gwen Fiske once again. Chance brings almost twenty years of experience in providing direct intervention treatment and consultation to children with autism and their families. Since 1997, Chance has had the opportunity to work with CARD, the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (Woodland, CA), the Autism Intervention Group (Fort Worth, TX), and for the last thirteen years, in a variety of clinical and home-based settings in the Chicago area. Chance is well versed in a variety of ABA based methodologies, including Discreet Trial Teaching, Verbal Behavior Therapy, and Relationship Development Intervention. Additionally, Chance has extensive experience working with augmentative and alternative communication systems.
Lindsay Siewert, Therapist
Lindsay is a graduate of Huntington University (Indiana) with a B.A. in theatre performance. Along with active involvement in the arts in the city ranging from musical theatre to staged readings, Lindsay, by day, can be found as a nanny, a therapist, and has also led a theatre camp for children with special needs. With several years of experience under her belt, she’s very grateful to join the Mason Intervention team to both help children and to continue learning!
Susan Wilson, Office Manager
Susan is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania with a degree in International Business. She has worked in administrative support for more than a decade, beginning her career in Washington, D.C. She settled in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she worked as a staff accountant before starting her family. In 2015 they relocated to the Chicago area and have been enjoying exploring their new surroundings and jobs. Susan is excited to be part of the Mason Intervention team, providing administrative and billing support so the therapists can focus on helping their clients learn and grow.