After 20+ years of educational therapy practice, with a Master of Arts in Special Education and a Ph.D. in psychotherapy (MFCC), I design a unique plan to accommodate the strengths of a student. My teaching model integrates visual, auditory and tactile strategies to enhance academic skills in both language arts and math. The Orton-Gillingham approach for reading along with current evidenced-based programs are chosen to match the pattern of weakness and strengths presented from prior testing results. This multi-sensory effort and individualized support system propels a faster rate of learning. Each student learns to self-advocate for continued success in future academic pursuits.
An educational therapist is often needed when a Learning Disability, Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorders (my practice is limited to highly functioning, sometimes called Asperger's Syndrome) has been diagnosed. In addition, I tutor gifted and talented students in elementary school. My expertise is in Visual and Auditory Processing Disorders, including short-term sequential and working memory. The perceptual processing of visual and auditory information is an essential basis for remediation and enhancement in all academics. Simultaneously, I work on transferring these strategies to classroom, homework and future study skills.
A special educator supports a wide variety of academic strategies, including computer reinforcement, to bear upon any learning difficulty. I have tutored over 500 students through the years and I enjoy the uniqueness that each student presents.
It is a rewarding experience to work with students who respond to creative ideas to improve their learning skills. I require the best in myself to help each student obtain his or her highest potential. Self-esteem is continually enhanced within the interactive relationship with a professional educational therapist.
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