Bend Your Brain - About Us

Alana FichtelbergAlana Fichtelberg, M.A., CCC-SLP  has been a speech/language pathologist for over 25 years. She is trained in PROMPT® (Levels I and II) and Social Thinking® Level 1. Alana was an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at Montclair State University and Seton Hall University.  In addition to her private practice, she worked in the public schools for eight years, including schools specializing in children with autism.  She received a grant from the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education and received a large scholarship grant from a local autism group in New Jersey. 

Alana was in private practice full-time for the last 13 years in New Jersey.  In September 2016 she moved down to sunny and warm Florida, where she continues to work privately with students/adults with a wide range of communication difficulties from 12 months of age through adulthood, with a particular concentration on children diagnosed with apraxia, aphasia, autism spectrum disorders, and social learning challenges/comprehension difficulties. 

Social Thinking®  is the social methodology that Alana endorses and uses with all her students -- whether seen in groups or individually, or working on articulation or language. She spoke throughout New Jersey, and now Florida, to parent groups, professionals, and school districts about social learning challenges and practical suggestions, "Bend Your Brain" social learning groups, and speech/language development.  The groups are using much of the works of Michelle Garcia Winner (, Leah Kuypers's Zones of Regulation®, and Peter Vermeulen's "Autism as Context Blindness".  (Please see the "Social Learning Group" section of this website for more information).  Alana has two entries in Michelle Garcia Winner’s 2012 book, Social Town Citizens Discover 82 New Unthinkables for Superflex to Outsmart!  She presented in 2014 at the at the Social Thinking® National Providers Conference in California on " 'Bend your Brain'™ Family and School Activities for Laughs, ILAUGH, and more."

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