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Dr. Heidi Stieglitz Ham

Dr. Heidi Stieglitz Ham is a social entrepreneur, autism researcher, and speech pathologist. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Human Communication Disorders and graduated with her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Edinburgh in 2010 specializing in autism. Dr. Stieglitz Ham is a dual-certified speech pathologist and has listened to the needs of families and adults with autism across several countries. After completing her Ph.D., she taught and conducted research at the University of Queensland before moving to Western Australia. After years of hearing the concerns of parents sharing their fears regarding the outcomes of their now-adult children, she developed a vision for adults on the autism spectrum based in belonging, community, and helping adults find their purpose using their strengths and talents. She shared this vision at TEDxPerth and founded Spectrum Fusion in 2014 in Australia. In 2016 she brought her concept of a community-based approach to working with adults on the autism spectrum to the US and started a non-profit organization called Spectrum Fusion.  Dr. Stieglitz Ham most recently launched The Reactor Room: ‘A Think Tank for Adults with Autism’ designed to create new opportunities for these individuals. The Reactor Room is the first of its kind and is leveraging connections and opportunities in Houston, Texas through collaborations with Rice University, the University of Houston, and the greater community. Each Reactor Room focuses on the individual needs of participants and brings together psychologists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and community connectors who come prepared with their ideas and networks specifically tailored for the participants.

Dr. Heidi Stieglitz Ham is a social entrepreneur, autism researcher, and speech pathologist. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Human Communication Disorders and graduated with her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Edinburgh in 2010 specializing in autism. Dr. Stieglitz Ham is a dual-certified speech pathologist and has listened to the needs of families and adults with autism across several countries. After completing her Ph.D., she taught and conducted research at the University of Queensland before moving to Western Australia. After years of hearing the concerns of parents sharing their fears regarding the outcomes of their now-adult children, she developed a vision for adults on the autism spectrum based in belonging, community, and helping adults find their purpose using their strengths and talents. She shared this vision at TEDxPerth and founded Spectrum Fusion in 2014 in Australia. In 2016 she brought her concept of a community-based approach to working with adults on the autism spectrum to the US and started a non-profit organization called Spectrum Fusion.

Dr. Stieglitz Ham most recently launched The Reactor Room: ‘A Think Tank for Adults with Autism’ designed to create new opportunities for these individuals. The Reactor Room is the first of its kind and is leveraging connections and opportunities in Houston, Texas through collaborations with Rice University, the University of Houston, and the greater community. Each Reactor Room focuses on the individual needs of participants and brings together psychologists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and community connectors who come prepared with their ideas and networks specifically tailored for the participants.

Publications

Invited Publications:

Bartolo, A. & Ham, H.S. (2016). A cognitive overview of limb apraxia. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports.

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Stieglitz Ham, H. & Bartolo, A. (2012). Exploring the relationship between gesture and language in ASD. (2012) Perspectives on Language Learning and Education.

Refereed Publications:

Caruana, N., Stieglitz Ham, H., Brock, J., Woolgar, A., Kloth, N., Palermo, R., & McArthur, G. (In Press). Joint attention difficulties in autistic adults: An interactive eye-tracking study. Autism.

Stieglitz Ham, H., Bunn, P., Meyer, C., Khan, A. & Hickson, L. (2014). Exploring the relationship between technology use, hearing help-seeking, and hearing aid outcomes in older adults. International Journal of Audiology (53:S1) S38-S42.

A.Bartolo, H.Stieglitz Ham, J.Dewaele, L.Macchi, F.Boidein, S.Casalis (2012) Relationship between language and gestures in neuropsychology Neuropsychological Trends, 12, 20.

Stieglitz Ham, H., & Bartolo, A. (2011). The relationship between gesture and language in brain damaged patients and individuals with autism. In A. Bartolo & Y. Coello (Eds.), Language and Action in Cognitive Neuroscience:. London: Psychology Press.

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Stieglitz Ham, H., Bartolo, A., Corley, M., Swanson, S., & Rajendran, G. (2010) Case Report: Selective deficit in the production of intransitive gestures in an individual with autism. Cortex, 46(3), 407-409.

Stieglitz Ham, H. Bartolo, A., Corley, M., Rajendran, G., Szabo, A., & Swanson, S. (2010). The relationship between gestural recognition and imitation: Evidence of dyspraxia in ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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Stieglitz Ham, H., Corley, M., Rajendran, G., Carletta, J., & Swanson, S. (2008). Imitation of meaningless gestures in individuals with Asperger syndrome and High-Functioning Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, 569-573.

Presentations       

Invited Speaker:

Stieglitz Ham, H. Sustainable Living Communities for Adults with Autism: The Wave of the Future. Minda Disablity Care Services. Adelaide, South Australia. July, 2016

Stieglitz Ham, H. Outcomes of Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum: Situation the Role of the SLP. American Speech and Hearing Convention. Denver, CO, USA. November, 2015.Keynote Speaker/Trailblazer Designation.

Stieglitz Ham, H. Working with Adolescents and Adults with Autism: Spectrum Fusion. Autism West Symposium. Perth, Western Australia, October, 2015.

Angela Bartolo, Heidi Stieglitz Ham. Social interaction problems and limb apraxia. XIX Congresso Nazionale della Sezione di Psicologia sperimentale Roma, 16-18 Septembre 2013

A. Bartolo, H.Stieglitz Ham, J. Dewaele, L. Macchi, F. Boidein, S. Casalis (22nd -24th November 2012, Riunione SINF). “Relazione tra gesto e linguaggio in neuropsicologia. Società Italiana di Psicofisiologia”, Venice (Italy).

Stieglitz Ham, H. The relationship between gesture and language: From research to practice. Autism Queensland Allied Health Conference. Brisbane, QLD. November, 2011.

Stieglitz Ham, H. “Enhancing Positive Outcomes of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum.” Presentation for Parents and Therapists of Children diagnosed with ASD. Lagos, Nigeria. March, 2008

Paper Presentations:

Stieglitz Ham, H. The Relationship Between Gesture and Language in Autism Spectrum Disorder. American Speech and Hearing Association Convention, Orlando, FL, USA. November, 2014.

Stieglitz Ham, H., Bartolo, A., Corley, M., Swanson, S., & Rajendran, T. Gestural Processing in Individuals with Autism. American Speech and Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA, USA. November, 2010

Stieglitz Ham, H., Bartolo, A., Corley, M., Rajendran, T. A Selective Deficit in Social Gestures in Individuals with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. American Speech and Hearing Association Convention. Chicago, IL, US. November, 2008.

Poster Presentations:

Stieglitz Ham, H., Rajendran, G., Corley, M. Vaz, S, Falkmer, M., Bartolo, A. Falkmer, T. To See but Not to See: Visual Perception Medicates Imitation in ASD. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. May, 2015.

Stieglitz Ham, H., Bartolo, A., Corley, M., Swanson, S., & Rajendran, T. Gesture Production Across Multiple Input Modalities In ASD.  Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, San Diego, CA, USA. May, 2011.

Stieglitz Ham, H., Bartolo, A., Corley, M., Swanson, S., & Rajendran, T. Assessment and identification of developmental dyspraxia in ASD. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Chicago, IL, USA. May, 2009.

Stieglitz Ham, H., Corley, M., Rajendran, G., Bartolo, A., & Swanson, S. Imitation of meaningful gestures in individuals with Asperger syndrome and High-Functioning Autism. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, London, United Kingdom. May, 2008.

Stieglitz Ham, H., Corley, M., Rajendran, G., Carletta, J., & Swanson, S. Imitation of meaningless gestures individuals with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Seattle, Washington, USA. May, 2007.

Stieglitz Ham, H., Corley, M., Rajendran, T., Carletta, J., Bartolo, A., &  Swanson, S. Imitation deficits in individuals with high-functioning autism:  An analysis of disordered gesture and apraxia. Poster presented at the Scottish Autism Research Group, Glasgow, United Kingdom. September, 2005.

Stieglitz Ham, H., Corley, M., Rajendran, T., Carletta, J., Bartolo, A., &  Swanson, S.  Imitation Deficits in Individuals with High-Functioning Autism:  An Analysis of Disordered Gesture and Apraxia.  Poster presented at the British Psychological Society, Developmental Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. September, 2005.

Scholarly Presentations:

Stieglitz Ham, H. Disentangling imitation and dyspraxia in ASD. UWA-UQ Collaborative Meeting. Queensland Brain Institute Brisbane, QLD. 2011.

Stieglitz Ham, H. Gesture, language, and apraxia. Division of Speech Pathology. Brisbane, QLD. April, 2011.

Stieglitz, H. Disentangling Imitation and Dyspraxia in ASD. Presentation at the Department of Neurology, Division of Neuropsychology, Medical College of Wisconsin, September 7, 2009

Stieglitz Ham, H., Viva presentation. Presentation at the Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh; Edinburgh, United Kingdom. September, 2009.

Stieglitz Ham, H. & Swanson, S. Imitation of meaningless gesture and apraxia. Presentation at the Department of Neurology, Division of Neuropsychology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. January, 2007.

Stieglitz Ham, H., Bartolo, A., Corley, M., Rajendran, G., & Swanson, S. Imitation deficits and apraxia in autism spectrum disorder. Presentation at the Department of Human Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. March, 2007.

Stieglitz Ham, H. & Swanson, S. Imitation Deficits in Individuals with High-Functioning Autism:  An analysis of disordered gesture and apraxia. Presentation at the Department of Neurology, Division of Neuropsychology, Medical College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee, WI. March, 2006.

Stieglitz Ham, H., Corley, M., & Rajendran. G. Imitation of meaningless gesture. Presentation in the Department of Psycholinguistics, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. November, 2006.

Stieglitz Ham, H., Corley, M., Rajendran, G., & Swanson., S. Imitation deficits in autism spectrum disorder. Presentation at the Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh; Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

International Clinical Presentations:

Stieglitz Ham, H. “A Developmental Approach to Facilitating Communication in Nonverbal Autistic Children.” Presentation at Autism Associates, Lagos, Nigeria January, 2008.

Stieglitz Ham, H. “Enhancing Positive Outcomes of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum.” Presentation for Parents and Therapists of Children diagnosed with ASD. Lagos, Nigeria. March, 2008

Media Presentations:

“Autism: Living on the Spectrum.” Life Matters. ABC Australia. Dec 5, 2014.

Stieglitz Ham, H. Raising Awareness for Autism Spectrum Disorders aired live on Nationally Televised Broadcast, Health Matters, Channels TV, Lagos, Nigeria, April 2008.