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My name is Linda and I have worked in the field of special education for over 15 years total. I love what I do and am committed to the education of those with special needs. I have learned a lot of tricks over the years and I have been blessed with a personality that children are drawn to. I am structured, have clear expectations, and I have a sense of humor. I have taught all types of disabilities in the past. Right now my classroom consists of students with varying degrees of autism. I work with all types of behaviors and have always found ways to distinguish the negative behaviors by replacing them with positive ones. I love what I do, and can be an asset to anyone with special needs children.
I have 15 years experience teaching students with ADHD. I use strategies such as putty to keep them focused as well as giving them sensory breaks. Strips of velcro under their desk help as a sensory strategy as well. Lessons can be broken down into smaller increments with breaks in between to get the student back on task. Most of my students are not on medication for their ADHD so strategies need to be incorporated to ensure learning occurs.
Aspergers typically has students working close to grade level but their social skills are greatly impacted. They are regimented so they typically like to learn the same way as they have been previously taught. Most students with aspergers are grade level readers but their comprehension skills are lacking so they benefit from word association. I put pecs pictures on word flashcards to give words meaning. My students with Aspergers are hooked up with a general ed buddy in and out of my classroom where we can practice social skills. They have a pecs system which I put in place to help them find the words they want to say. We give them scripted communication strips so that they conversation is not only about them and their interests. I teach them to ask about others even if they are not interested.
I am well versed in ABA, Pivitol Response Training, Pecs, Teacch and structured teaching.
I have taught students with dyslexia for the past 10 years. I work specifically with the Wilson Reading system for students with Dyslexia. It is a scientifically based program for struggling learners and it teaches you too see each letter individually. I have had great success. Last school year I doing homebound teaching for a general education student who has Dyslexia and I taught her Wilson and her anxiety about reading lessened.
I have been teaching 1-12 grade for 10 years. I have worked with both special education and struggling general education students. I am certified to teach reading, math, language arts, science and history through the Illinois State Board of Education. I am fluent in teaching everyday math and Wilson Reading, guided reading, storytown, and Edmark.
I have been teaching phonics for many years and have used many different models of instruction. I have experience with Wilson, Haggerty, Fontas and Pinnell, etc. I prefer a and on approach in which the students are involved physically as I believe and have seen that this helps them to remember what is being taught.
I have worked in the field of special education for over 15 years total. I received my Bachelors Degree from Chicago State University majoring in special education. I got my Masters Degree from Governors State University in Educational Administration.
I started out working as an instructional assistant with students with behavior/emotional disabilities. Once I earned my teaching certificate I have taught all disabilities at one point or another. My classroom this year consists of 7 students all with varying degrees of autism. I am patient, structured, and have a sense of humor. I teach a lot of my students through hands on learning methods. I teach to their individual learning styles.
I absolutely love what I do and am dedicated to the field of special education.
Chicago State University
Governors State University (Master's)
Great Tutor — My daughter is very comfortable with Linda. She looks forward to her lessons with Linda. She is extremely patient and makes the lessons fun and rewarding. She is fantastic. ...
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Linda will travel within 15 miles of Midlothian, IL 60445.
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