Melanie Derry is a Training and Technical Assistance Associate for VCU's Autism Center for Excellence, providing communication support for educators and families of individuals with ASD across the state of Virginia. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech and her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Southeastern Louisiana University. Melanie served as a speech-language pathologist in the public school setting for 13 years, with the last 7 years spent working with children with ASD who utilize alternative and augmentative communication supports.