about Dr. Lori

Drlori-BTRC-350Dr. Lori Ernsperger is the executive director of Behavioral Training Resource Center, LLC. Dr. Ernsperger is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D) and received her Ph.D. in Special Education from Indiana University. She has over 30 years of experience working in the public schools as a classroom teacher, administrator, and educational consultant. Dr. Lori’s work focuses on bridging the gap between research and every day practice for professionals working with children with special needs. She is the author of four books: Keys to Success for Teaching Students with Autism; Just Take a Bite: Easy Effective Answers to Food Aversions and Eating Challenges; Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Recognize, Respond, Report: Preventing and Addressing Bullying of Students with Special Needs.

Message from Dr. Lori
“After working with students with special needs for more than 30 years, I know the rewards are extraordinary but the demands can also be overwhelming. That’s why my training and consultation focuses on helping you work smarter…not harder!”


Recognize, Respond, Report: Preventing and Addressing Bullying of Students with Special Needs

by Lori Ernsperger


Price: $26.95

Bullying in schools is a national problem that affects a high percentage of students with special needs. This ready-to-use guidebook gives K–12 educators, administrators, and school counselors the research-based interventions they need to stop bullying in its tracks—and prevent it before it starts.

Using a simple framework of 3 Rs (Recognize, Respond, and Report), you’ll master the core components of preventing and addressing bullying and disability-based harassment at the district level, classroom level, and individual level. Practical, proven strategies and tools blend with heartfelt, real-world advice from students who’ve experienced bullying themselves. An easy fit with your existing initiatives, whether you use PBIS or a commercial anti-bullying program, this essential resource will help you create a safe and secure learning environment for all students to reach their full potential.


Keys to Success for Teaching Students with Autism:
An Easy to Follow Guide for Teachers

by Lori Ernsperger


Price: $24.95

After many years of working in with school district personnel, Dr. Lori Ernsperger decided it was about time someone created a comprehensive resource for practical use in the classroom. She wrote this book as a practical, step-by-step guide to educating students with autism. This much-needed resource unlocks the secrets of six critical teaching elements, including creating an effective classroom environment, curriculum development, instructional strategies, managing problem behaviors, data collection, and building collaborative teams. Perfect for new and veteran teachers, this book enables school personnel to efficiently create and implement an effective educational program for students with autism regardless of their level of experience or training.

"This has been absolutely wonderful. A perfect blend of background information and practical ideas to implement right away."

— Elena, Speech and Language Pathologist


Just Take a Bite: Easy, Effective Answers to Food Aversions and Eating Challenges

by Lori Ernsperger and Tania Stegen-Hanson


Price: $24.95

Is your child a "picky" eater or a full-fledged resistant eater? Does he or she eat only 3-20 foods, refusing all others? Eat from only one food group? Gag, tantrum, or become anxious if you introduce new foods? If so, you have a resistant eater. Learn the possible causes, when you need professional help, and how to deal with the behavior at home. Learn why "Don't play with your food!" and "Clean your plate!"—along with many other old saws—are just plain wrong. And who said you have to eat dessert last? Get ready to have some stereotypes shattered!


"This talented team has a blockbuster book, literally and figuratively, as they offer a positive program to help those who are struggling with the serious problem of food aversion and sensitivity."
— Dr. Temple Grandin


Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders

by Lori Ernsperger and Danielle Wendel


Price: $21.95

Dr. Lori Ernsperger and her co-author Danielle Wendel, a mother of a young girl on the autism spectrum, have written this much-needed book that combines the best of both worlds: It gives a voice to girls on the autism spectrum by providing insightful, first-hand accounts while also detailing research-based strategies and practical techniques for addressing the specific needs of girls on the spectrum. The extensive coverage of girls from early childhood through adolescence and early adulthood gives parents and educators access to a wealth of information that is typically hard to find. Personal vignettes by families and girls living with ASD make this both a heartfelt book and a practical resource.