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Laurie F.

Patient Teacher for Students with Autism and other Special Needs

Fremont, CA (94536)

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Hello, my name is Laurie and I am passionate about differentiation! I look at each student's abilities and needs, then work to get the student from where they are today to where they need to be to ensure success tomorrow.

I am able to support students in developing their reading skills in both phonics, vocabulary development and reading comprehension. I am also able to teach math for students in grades K-6 by using a variety of mathematical strategies, including teaching through the new Common Core State Standards and Singapore Math. I will work with both the student and parent to develop a plan to ensure student understanding and success.

I also enjoy teaching students with different abilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders! I hold a valid CA Education Specialist Credential for teaching students with Moderate-Severe Disabilities. I also have a Certificate in Theory, Knowledge and Practice about Autism Spectrum Disorders from San Jose State University, including working with children with Aspergers. I am familiar with the PCS and PODD forms of Augmentative and Assistive Communication, and I also use Discrete Trial Training (DTT) as a way to improve foundational vocabulary and math skills.

I have a 24 hour cancellation policy. I will come to your home or meet in a public space, such as a library or other learning environment.

I look forward to hearing from you and working with you to help your child grow and develop the skills they need to reach their greatest potential!

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I am a credentialed teacher for students with Autism. I teach reading, writing, math, social skills, and other daily activities to students with autism.

I have a Certificate in the Theory and Teaching of Autism Spectrum Disorders from San Jose State University. I am familiar with the Evidence Based Practices required to teach students with Autism, such as video modeling, Structured Work Systems, Social Narratives, Visual Supports and other autism-specific practices.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have passed the CA Multiple Subject CSET exam. I have also passed the CA RICA exam. I currently teach a grades 4-6 class for students with Moderate-Severe Autism.

Elementary Math

I have studied how to teach math to K-6 students through coursework at San Jose State. I have also passed the CA CSET Multiple Subject exam, which includes math concepts from grades K-6. I teach math to students in my classroom, varying from teaching simple number recognition to doing algebraic equations for one variable.


I teach handwriting in my Special Day Classroom. I use the Handwriting Without Tears Program to teach students from beginning writers to those learning to write in cursive.


I have a credential from San Jose State University in Moderate-Severe Disabilities. As part of this credential we were required to take a class in teaching reading instruction, which included phonics. I have also passed the CA RICA exam.


I have taken coursework in how to teach reading at San Jose State as part of their teacher credential program. I am able to use multiple methods to teach reading comprehension, such as using graphic organizers, story maps, developing and using story maps, and other reading tools. I have also passed the CA RICA (Reading Instruction Competence Assessment) exam and am certified to teach reading to English Learners.

Special Needs

I am a credentialed CA teacher for students with Moderate-Severe Disabilities. I also hold a Certificate in Theory, Knowledge and Practice about Autism Spectrum Disorders from San Jose State University. I have worked with students with special needs for the past five years.


I have taken classes in how to teach spelling and phonics development at San Jose State as part of my teacher credential coursework. I have also passed the CSET-Multiple Subject and RICA exams. I am familiar with teaching spelling through teaching word families, onsets and rimes, and the use of word studies to recognize both spelling patterns and exceptions.

Study Skills

I am a credentialed teacher. I teach study and self-help skills in my classroom each day. I also value independence and teach organizational skills that help students work independently and successfully.


I am qualified to teach vocabulary development through my studies in the teacher credential program at San Jose State. I can teach students how to decode words, how to use phonics to sound out words, and how to determine a word's meaning based on context.I am able to use explicit instruction to teach vocabulary and reinforce instruction through repeated exposure to vocabulary words. I have passed the CA CSET-Multiple Subject and the RICA exam and am qualified to teach English Language Learners.

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Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Laurie will travel within 10 miles of Fremont, CA 94536.

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