As a teacher and MS in art therapy, I have extensive experience working with moderate to severe cases of ADHD. There are several art therapy techniques that have been proven with time to aid students to operate on grade level. Many of these I used with extreme cases of children with ADHD. I have worked with a panel of therapists and social workers to consult from my observations with ADD and AD/HD clients. Together we would report weekly progress to fellow team members including on-site nurses and psychiatrists in order to meet individual goals set by the team. In schools, art therapy techniques were used with students to help control their impulses. Teachers were advised by me when art therapy sessions indicated the student was not able to maintain control. This was a way for staff to be ready for extreme out of control behaviors. These exercises are primarily art and concrete based which helps students relate the physical space issues to their own spacial settings. These are most effective for students in grades 1-7.
As a teacher in NYS public schools and in doing work pursuing an MS in Art Therapy I've worked with and learned many skills to help elementary and middle grade students with Aspergers complete school work.
I have worked with students in public schools who have varying degrees of Autism. With my background and many hours spent working with Autistic children directly, I use many art therapy techniques to teach children with Autism. It has been proven autistic children thrive when making art work. Making art may be the goal itself or used to motivate and engage in academic learning. The photos on my profile show progression over time with a moderate-severe autistic 9 year old client. 1st his person drawing is circles and scribbles, next he works with me to make simple facial expressions, after 4 months he is drawing cartoon characters.
As a NYS Certified Art Teacher I have taught drawing to all levels of students. From the most basic skills to Master level I enjoy teaching drawing and seeing my students build confidence.
In KDG this included skills that enable children to properly hold drawing instruments. Throughout Elementary school children are encouraged to be creative artists as well master drawing concepts.
In Middle grades and Middle school mastery of these same skills brings them to 1 point perspective and design. The elements of art and design are taught. Beginning in 7th grade both 1 and 2 point perspective are taught. This is a foundation for design, web design, Flash, architectural (CAD)and engineering bound students. The skills needed to look at objects around them and draw these are taught and reinforced.
On the HS and adult levels (including college) I have taught students the elements of art and design and how to master drawing objects they see around them as well as developing their own illustrative styles. Shading techniques, line quality and composition are all mastered. With computers I can introduce students to Paint Shop Pro, Photo-shop and the available art tools available in Word. I have some experience with Flash and video editing. My teaching includes working with students with physical disabilities including children and adults with head trauma.
Working one on one as a tutor, or in the class realm, there are many art and pre-art exercises that can be done to benefit young children with Dyslexia. Frustrations minimize for the child when making art becomes their focus. Parents often are surprised at the speed of our progress in effectively improving Dyslexia.
I have a BS in education and am a NYS licensed teacher. I have tutored many elementary level students and with great success. I have motivated the unmotivated and frustrated, I have gotten older elementary students who are failing in writing and math to understand concepts and perform academically. All my lessons can be based on current classroom learning, reinforcing what is being taught in school or I can help the student to catch up to grade level.
Not only have I written and published many articles but I am trained to teach English as a second Language. I continue to teach weekly adult classes to second language learners with a good deal of success.
I am a graduate of Westchester Community College's English Language Institute. Besides tutoring I am teaching English classes to Speakers of other Languages at BOCES. In Ossining my class is entirely Latino, in Yorktown my class includes students from Europe, Russia, Asia, Africa and South and Central America. My students have an amazing record of rapid growth as demonstrated through their speaking AND test scores to rate improvement. I hold a NYS Education license and have an MS in Art Therapy.
I have written a great deal, however, I never appreciated grammar so much as when I took courses to learn how to present it to students. In 2010 I became an English Literacy Instructor. I have an increasing respect for those who struggle and work hard to master grammar. Besides tutoring I teach English at the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (to foreign language learners who live) in Northern Westchester.
As an art therapy intern at a hospital for children recovering from traumatic injury, and those with neurological disorders, I worked with students ages 6-20 to help them gain back small motor control and improve handwriting legibility. With these skills behind me I have applied them to several of my students via Wyzant who had dyslexia, autism or other non-specified writing disorders. The techniques used are art therapy based and were very effective. Parents' comments are evidence of my success among my Wyzant clients.
I have taught painting to both young children, on the HS level and to Adults. I am a NYS Certified Art Teacher (k-12) and a NY City certified Fine Arts Teacher (6-12). I have several years teaching painting on the HS and College and Adult Education level. Many of my students have gone on the become Art majors and several exhibit professionally.
As a teacher and founding member of Kids to Kids International, I have made reading a priority with my students. In schools and also with individual clients, students are story-tellers and are inspired by reading what other story tellers have to say. The books I share with my students are subjects and grades that fit the student. Often they include hand-made books and photos of students from very varied cultures. My training also includes teaching reading skills from my own coursework in teaching English as a Second language. Often, I will have my students get involved in creating their own book. This activity can create a level of appreciation among students that they hadn't had before.
With an MS in Art therapy I have worked in schools and hospital settings with various disorders. Areas of expertise include: Adaptive techniques for small motor control, sensory stimulation, brain injury, learning disorders and with Mental Disabilities, Emotional Disorders, and students with low frustration tolerances, AD/HD, Autism and seizure disorders.
In the public school setting I have had students who were acting out emotionally as well had learning deficit areas. In some of the public schools I worked with Autistic classes, Alternative HS and special education students. With young students there are several art and cutting exercises that prepare the mind for reading and writing readiness. I use art projects to get children to write stories. Students from grades 2-4 are developing the ability to do abstractions in 3-D. Many art projects are 3-dimensional and require problem- solving on that level. From grades 4-HS level, projects foster higher abstract thinking and problem solving skills depending on ability. I use art projects to aid those with reading and math disorders. My students who struggled with division worked with me learning division drills via art projects. My approach builds up cognitive deficit areas and enhances strengths with a fun, art-based approach to learning.
I have a BS in Education and some foundational coursework in Latin. I tackle vocabulary expansion and comprehension by relating the client's own life and experiences to various other related topics. By using online tools, current events and multi-sensory devises, we will customize learning to the appropriate age and ability. I am also Certified as an Instructor to English to second language learner.
As a freelance writer, I have had articles published in regional and international publications. I have given several workshops to children and teachers on writing. I have been involved with the founding of an international Student-authors/book-making NGO. Kids to Kids International (KTKI) is recognized by the UN High Commission for Refugees. KTKI promotes and encourages students throughout the USA to become authors and share their books with students from other parts of the globe. Writing and writing concepts (for example, satire, character development, expressions, exaggeration, allegory, theme etc.) all can be addressed and enjoyed when tied to imagery. Often struggling middle grade and middle school writers or emergent writers will have created walls based on frustration. The causes of blocks to writing may be from innate learning disabilities, eye-hand coordination issues, or negative writing experiences. I motivate students to write using art components and also by linking the experience of writing to kids around the world. I am a NYS Certified teacher and I have Certification to teach English as a Second Language. (Spoken and written.)