Angela Nelson, a UCLA trained ABA Therapist, founded Stages Learning in 1997 when autism diagnoses first began to rise. Our top-selling autism education product, the Language Builder Picture Cards, was designed to specifically meet the learning needs of children with autism. The research-based Language Builder Series has become a staple in home and school programs around the world and Stages Learning is now the premier developer of learning tools for children with autism.
Now headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Stages works with faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, providing an incubator for graduate students who are working at the intersection of new research and learning technologies. Applying innovative research and design strategies, Angela and her team, all graduates of the Harvard Graduate School of Education's "Technology, Innovation, and Education" program, have designed new online tools for language learning, including our popular Language Builder App.
About Our Products
Our products are created to stimulate learning at each stage of language development. They feature beautiful real-photo images to capture a child's attention and engage their minds. Research demonstrates that children with autism are highly visual and literal learners, and our tools support these learning strengths.
Our photo-based flashcard sets, games, puzzles and posters offer a broad assortment of images to teach a wide range of language skills. Our card series provide opportunities to teach identical pre-language matching, categorization and learning similarities. Our work is based on 20 years of experience in helping children learn language skills and new research on digital learning technologies and instructional design also informs our tool development.
Stages recently launched a new product line that combines the best of traditional print with interactive iPad Apps that help preschoolers build early literacy skills. Our research-based Link4Fun interactive books and cards support language learning while providing children with engaging opportunities to improve fine motor skills and learn about the world around them.
Our recent acquisition of the popular Brain Parade “See Touch Learn” App provides us with another language learning tool to help parents, teachers, and therapists provide children with over 4,000 vivid photo-based interactive learning tools for successful language learning.
John Richards, Ph.D.
John Richards, Ph.D., is Founder and President of Consulting Services for Education, Inc. (CS4Ed). He is Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education teaching Entrepreneurship in the Education Marketplace. He is a senior Advisor to Whitestone Communications providing premier mergers and acquisitions services, on the Board of Girls Thinking Global, and on the Advisory Board of iCivics. John was President of the JASON Foundation, GM of Turner Learning–the educational arm of Turner Broadcasting–and Manager of the Educational Technologies Division of Bolt Beranek and Newman that launched the award winning Co–NECT school design. Over the years, John has served on boards for a variety of education groups including NECC; Cable in the Classroom; Software Information Industry Association (SIIA), Education Market section; and the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP). John's projects have won him numerous awards including two Golden Lamps and several CODIEs, as well as several EMMY nominations. He is a respected keynote speaker and is the author/editor of four books, over 90 articles, and has been responsible for the publication of over 1,000 educational products.
David Dockterman, Ed.D.
David Dockterman operates at the intersection of research and practice. In 1982 he helped found Tom Snyder Productions, an early pioneer in educational technology, while getting his doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Over the last 30 plus years, he has continued to balance lives in the academic and publishing worlds, serving now as Chief Architect, Learning Sciences for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. At Tom Snyder, and later at Scholastic and HMH, he designed dozens of award-winning computer programs including: Decisions, Decisions; Science Court; and The Great Ocean Rescue. Most recently, Dockterman served as a key advisor for the development of MATH180 and READ 180 Universal. He is a Fellow of the International Society for Design and Development in Education, an Editorial Board Member for the journal Science of Learning, and a Senior Fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education.