I graduated from Madison Area Technical College as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. After working several years in rehab, I retired to homeschool my six children for 27 years, which I am still doing. For the past ten years I have worked as an educational consultant to parents and professionals of learning disabled students. Although I can work with students of any age in major subject areas, my greatest desire is to help the non-reader gain access to the written word.
My background as a COTA, with its emphasis on developmental stages, sensory integration, and cognitive development, brings a unique perspective to the tutoring community. Rather than simply helping a student pass his courses, my specialty area of cognitive (brain) training helps get to the root of a student’s learning struggles and sets him on the path to future success.
For ten years I worked as an educational consultant to parents, teachers, therapists, and doctors around the world before retiring to serve local students and parents directly. During that time, I perfected dozens of techniques to aid the struggling student. My techniques are often the breakthrough that a student needs to unlock his mind. It isn’t uncommon for me to hear from parents and teachers alike saying, “Why hasn’t anyone explained these things to me before? This makes so much sense.”
During my homeschooling years, I developed a homeschool curriculum that integrated all subjects, into various historical themes. This curriculum was named as one of the Top 100 Picks for Homeschooling by Cathy Duffy in 2006 and published as a top choice in her book by the same name. Periodically I have been featured as a guest speaker at homeschool conventions, most notably the National Association of Catholic Home Educators in 2002 in Washington DC, where I spoke on how to teach to a child’s learning style while building up the student’s weaker modalities. I also gave workshops on how to teach learning disabled students.
I have a passion to help the non-reader gain access to the written word. For most students this can happen in 10-20 lessons and I will even work with the parent to implement some of the strategies themselves, saving $100s, if desired. Why let your student struggle any longer?
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