Dr. Patrick J. Rydell recently retired as the Founder and Director of Rocky Mountain Autism Center (RMAC), Inc. in Lone Tree, Colorado, in 2018, and is currently the Founder and Director of Autism On Call, LLC, the training and consultation affiliate of RMAC. He is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Communicative Disorders Department and on the Graduate Faculty at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Dr. Rydell is the author of the Learning Style Profile for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (LSP) (Rydell, 2012) and co-author of the SCERTS Model (Prizant, Wetherby, Rubin, Laurent & Rydell, 2006). He is a U.S. Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant recipient (2005; Sri Lanka). Dr. Rydell has co-authored 5 book chapters and numerous peer-reviewed research articles on topics related to autism spectrum disorders. He is a Northern Speech Services, Inc. instructor for continuing education and has developed a series of ASD ecourses, epubs, and training videos for parents and professionals. Dr. Rydell previously hosted a weekly online radio show, Autism Today with Dr. Pat, on VoiceAmerica Radio that focused on autism spectrum disorder therapy and treatment ideas, tips and strategies for professionals and parents.
With more than 40 years of practice (“on the floor”) in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Dr. Rydell frequently conducts international and national training, workshops, consultations and program development to government agencies, medical facilities, universities, state associations, school districts, professionals and families. He has served as the lead ASD consultant for many school districts across the U.S. Dr. Rydell provides international LSP certifications and trainings to professionals world-wide, including Argentina, Kazakhstan and China. Sino-US Star Bridge Program, Shanghai, China, and Chinese Children’s Hospital affiliates have adopted the Learning Style Profile approach for their ASD assessment and intervention programs.
His doctorate (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) was earned through a National Institute of Health Leadership in Autism grant (1989) and he has a double master’s degree (Southern Illinois University-Carbondale) in speech pathology and special education with a program emphasis in early childhood and autism spectrum disorder.