After 25 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. 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. A student learns to self-advocate for continued success in future academic pursuits. This multi-sensory effort and support system propels a faster rate of learning.
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. 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 for 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 a 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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