|Dr. Claire Hughes is currently an Associate Professor of Special Education and Elementary Education at Coastal College of Georgia. She has also worked at Bellarmine University in Louisiana, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of South Florida, Shenandoah University in Virginia, The College of William and Mary in Virginia, The University of Rhode Island, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She received her doctorate from The College of William and Mary in Educational Leadership with emphases in gifted education and special education. She has been an elementary and middle school teacher of gifted children and children with exceptional needs. Her areas of research and publication include twice-exceptional children, or children who are gifted with disabilities, high-functioning autism, Montessori education, and language development. She is a national presenter about the changes in Response to Intervention and definitional changes in learning disabilities. She recently served as Chair of the Research and Evaluation Division of the National Association for Gifted children. She is the mother of two wonderful children and the wife of James Lynch, an educational consultant. Her book on working with families who have children with autism will be coming out with Prufrock Press in 2010.