Hi, I am Dorothy, a school psychologist and and educational consultant. After finishing my degree in school psychology
certification, I worked as a counselor and school psychologist in Chester County Pa and the state of Delaware for almost twenty years. Later, I specialized in attention disorders, and autistic
spectrum disorders. In 2006, I finished my doctorate in reading
processes and school psychology. Let me tell you how I can help you with special education issues and reading and study skills
Here are some of the methods that I can employ to assist with content area are: reading, vocabulary
acquisition, and called study skills. Many times students are assigned multiple assignments with specific deadlines for completion of assignments. I can provide key reading strategies to increase how fast you read and outline subject area comprehension.
Many students take notes, did you ever look over to your neighbor to see if you are writing
the same kind of information? They are ways to increase ability to find answers to study questions and make sure you use assigned textbooks efficiently. Many instructors give hints and ideas as to what they expect and often students miss the learning cues. Finally, the whole idea of reading is related to what you remember, your reading speed, and what you can apply afterwards. In sum, reading is a complication process from phonics
to memorizing concepts which are applied to new subject matter.
As a parent and educator, I suddenly found myself in the situation of being a parent of two special needs
children. What do I mean by that, my
son was diagnosed with Asperger's, another way of saying high functioning autism
. He is a miracle of early intervention and great special education
services. My training became my reality on a daily basis in my school relationships and my role as a parent. My daughter was diagnosed with a speech
delays which developed into dyslexia
. So what a complicated way to understand your child and their learning. No one should have to figure out all these things on your own. I am there to assist not only your student but the additional challenges families face.
What does it mean to be a school psychologist? Really it means that my training is in child psychology and special education, counseling, and diagnosis and treatment of learning disabilities. I gather information and get a history
and collection samples of writing. I may conduct tests or obtain testing information from various teachers or therapists. I gather all this data together to make a report for the school and family to make educational recommendations that may include mental health services to help the student understand and meet their learning potential.
As a tutor, I approach the student with a three point approach by assessing the current learning difficulties, give feedback and support, then create specific learning plan to achieve their goals. Every step of the way, I am available thorough phone calls, face to face meetings, and visual feedback that is tangible within each learning step. I look forward to working with you and or family as a learning partner. My message to students is that you teach me how you learn and I help make it relevant and meaningful.
I appreciate your time and look forward to assisting you!