In today's world a child who does not achieve his or her maximum potential will be confronted by multiple limits throughout their life. Too many students are struggling-not because they can't learn, but because the way they are "wired" is not meshing with the way they are being taught. Research into learning difficulties has yielded and continues to develop new and innovative approaches to helping children accomplish educational successes.
As an experienced and innovative teacher and educational consultant specializing in Special Needs, I offer a full range of assessment and remedial programs based on the unique needs of each and every child.
I am a passionate teacher, consultant and mom to a very active three year old. After teaching for a number of years in both the private and public systems, in both regular and special classes, it was time for me to venture forth. I could see the resource limitations for those children for whom special assistance was essential. In this role, I am privileged to do what I love; working with children and families who are experiencing challenges due to learning disabilities, parenting issues, and social, emotional and behavior challenges.
I hold a B.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Concordia University where I graduated with distinction. I earned my M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, McGill University focusing on Special Education. My Internship training experiences enabled me to develop in depth assessment skills as well as targeted intervention strategies to help students overcome and adapt to their challenges and disabilities.
As a special education teacher and consultant, I have worked with children with Attention Deficit Disorder both of the Hyperactive and Non-Hyperactive (ADHD) types
I am qualified to work with children with complex learning disabilities:
Additionally, I have worked with children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders (autism and Asperger's syndrome), Down syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy.
It is my committed belief that every child has a right to an education and to learn in ways that makes sense to them. In my work with children and families I assess, develop and follow the progress of the child and family always adjusting interventions as required.
I provide services for children with unique needs. As a consultant and teacher, I believe in a total team approach and see my role as partnering with families, class-room teachers and other professionals involved in each child's learning environment. My clientele includes children as young as two up to twelve years of age.
An early intervention program designed to reach children at an early stage of their development when the majority of their physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills are developing is an essential part of service offered. Early intervention targets skills which will be required for school throughout a child's academic journey. I work with daycare centers and other early childhood centers to plan and implement developmentally age appropriate activities for each child's unique needs..
For young children and their parents or caregivers I look and work at:
It is not uncommon for decreased motivation to learn and behavioral difficulties to go hand in hand with learning challenges and specific disabilities. If a child is unable to follow and "keep up" with classroom learning, behavioral difficulties often arise. These behavior difficulties are often a symptom of underlying problems, a diminished sence of self-worth, decreased motivation to try and an ever frequent loss of motivation to achieve academically
As an educator/ clinician it is my role to identify the unique learning difficulties of eac child and treat through recommended "best research practices". Discussion with parents and teachers will lead to the development of an "Applied Behavior Plan," which clearly describes and outlines strategies and follows the outcomes of each childs unique program plan.
Based on the individual needs of each child I offer individual, couple and group options. These support sessions can be by telephone, email and in person.