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Dorothy C.

Phoenixville, PA

$45/hr

Providing Alternative Pathways to Learning in Educational Psychol

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Providing Alternative Pathways to Learning in Educational Psychol

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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 and language 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!

English:
ACT Reading, English, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary
History:
American History, Criminal Justice, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Phonics, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers,
Dyslexia,
Phonics, Special Needs
Homeschool:
English, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, SAT Reading
Corporate Training:
Criminal Justice

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ADD/ADHD

The appropriate diagnosis Of ADD/ADHD requires collaborative effort using multiple sources of information. Input from the family, teachers, and other educators who have the opportunity to observe and interact with student over time in many different situations is critical.
Intervention for attention problems should always include Positive Behavior Supports in the school and or home setting, as appropriate to the child's needs. For some children these supports are sufficient to promote learning success. Medication is a common treatment for reducing the learning problems, but is also controversial due to side effects and need to be monitored closely by a medical professional.
As a trained school psychologist I have designed effective behavior management strategies and modifications in school and home settings.
As a parent of with two children with ADHD and learning disabilities, I know the frustration of time consuming phone calls to address these complex issues. Most importantly, I bring over twenty years of personal experience and school training to work with documented success with these learning differences. I have sculpted effective interventions for both my children and hundreds of other students.
Please let me help yours. I look forward to working in a team approach on behalf of your student.

Aspergers

Diagnosis. Autism Spectrum Disorders are diagnosed based on behaviors and psychoeducational assessment. In order to accurately diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorders, (ASD) a student should have a comprehensive evaluation by professionals who can address development of language, behavioral, social, and cognitive skills in children. The cause of (ASD) is unknown and most likely results in many factors, such as a combination of heredity, environment, and brain functioning.
There is no evidence that it is due to parenting style and there are many sources ofl conflicting misinformation regarding causes. I strongly suggest that any alternative treatments be investigated and researched by parents before investing large amount of financial resources.
My own experience of diagnosis involved researching many sources of information, especially helpful was speaking with other parents and educators. School personnel and families provide objective information as well as many not for profit web sites. Parent organizations are usually great sources of information and support.
Here are some basic categories which are typical domains measured by school psychologists.

Children with (ASD) have problems in three core areas: socialization, communication, and limited patterns of behavior and specialized interests.
Cognitive: Uneven development of cognitive skills; relative strength in processing visual versus verbal information.
Social Skills: Difficulty understanding social rules such as taking turns and sharing; comprehending the feelings of others; problems initiating and maintaining interactions and conversations with other people.
Communication: Trouble responding to verbal information presented at a fast pace; trouble following multiple step situations; inconsistent understanding of verbal information; a need for verbal information to be repeated, especially information that is novel.
Organization and Self-Direction: Difficulty screening out distractions; difficulty completing activities independently and initiating work activities; problems organizing free time and stopping one activity and moving on to the next: difficulty being flexible, shifting attention to a new focus; multitasking is very very difficult.
Children with (ASD) need specialized interventions based on a comprehensive evaluation and on going dynamic assessment. The use of environmental supports and adaptations are necessary for effective intervention. The main treatments for these spectrum disorders are generally educational and behavioral approaches. Parent and teachers can be effective in promoting their child's social and communication skills. Therapies or programs that include a parent training component or follow-up support result in higher rates of effectiveness.

Dyslexia

Developmental reading disorder, (DRD) also called dyslexia is a reading disability that occurs when the brain does not properly recognize and process certain symbols.
This is located in the area of the brain that interprets language. It is not considered a visual problem ordinarily. The disorder is a specific information processing problem that does not interfere with one's ability to think or understand complex ideas. In fact, dysgraphia which is a developmental writing disorder and arithmetic leaning problems can accompany reading disorders.
Symptoms - A student may have trouble rhyming and separating sounds that make up written text or oral language. These letter sound associations may result in confusion and interfere with acquiring the sub skills in learning to read. A child's initial reading skills are based on world recognition, which involves being able to discriminate words. This results in deficits in separating out the sounds in words and matching them with sentences.

Reading Instruction Has 5 BIG IDEAS!

1. Phonemic Awareness - Direct Instruction involving sound and letter relationship.

2.Alphabetic Patterns - Decoding a word visually and understanding patterns of letters which form words.

3. Fluency - The efficiency with which a student reads words and understands the meaning.

4. Vocabulary - Identifying words which make up written text and building upon a fund or language that is receptive or stored in our memories.

5. Comprehension - Understanding what is read and using it as a building block to learn additional concepts.

As a tutor and school psychologist, I am familiar with various reading methods and strategies used in schools and specialized instruction. One size does not fit all.
But I would review what reading program has been used. More importantly, one needs to review what's works.

Understanding the reading interests and samples of text is important. Many people believe that dyslexic students need visuals.
Most of the research and popular programs used multisensory approach to reading instruction. Sounds complex, not really but when teaching I want students to see it, hear it, and feel it! It is clear the more exposure to information across many formats the chances of being able to apply the concept automatically.
My role is also modeling questioning learners, reading aloud, and taking turns.
Attend to building vocabulary through sight words and using various types of media and assessing how engaged the reader is with the format. Talking to students about their lives and daily activities. In addition, letting learners use word tiles to build vocabulary by touching and manipulating words.
My daughter has dyslexia and I found sentence blocks assisted her with completing sentences and building complex sentences.
Many books are available on ereaders, audio, and computer. I find rotating instruction methods frequently assist with engagement and increase memory retention.
I like read to sing methods for younger students. We tend to remember words to music because there is emotion associated with the words. For struggling adolescents, the task is very different. I taught urban students utilizing sports magazines and lyrics from music. I then encourage writing mechanics by allowing them to journal and peer edit their writing.
Students with dyslexia need multisensory opportunities to absorb the process of reading. Identify workable methods and subjects by reading aloud, using literature, and tactile approach enhances reading comprehension.
I look forward to a partnership in learning!

Special Needs

I am a school psychologist and and educational consultant. Traditionally, the term "special needs," identified any student who was deemed eligible for special education instruction. Schools needed to find varying methods of instruction so students who could not learn in traditional methods could make progress.

I would rather think that what we are talking about is really teaching every student. In other words one size does not fit all. I could give you a grocery list of diverse learners from students with dyslexia, cerebral palsy, or autism. What we really need to think about is how to design learning to the student. I like to follow the concept of (UDL) Universal Design to Learning. It is flipping the equation from diagnosis to accessing learning no matter what the barriers are to learning.

I like to plan for all learners by assessing the current status of the student. Second nature to a school psychologist! I can do this very quickly since I have been a school psychologist, student advocate, parent and faculty member and a board member for non profit learning institutions for over 20 years. I almost think of it as," learning detective work.

I want basic information about instructional methods, materials, and media. It is so important to implement digital media with all students. Teaching all students in a digital dynasty of information!

Afterwords, we develop a current profile status of the student. Assess the environment and instructional materials. We then educate all participants in the students' surroundings and identify existing barriers.

Access is the name of the learning game! We become learning detectives to track down interactive methods and media to capture learning experiences. It is like taking a picture then building frames in order to produce a process of learning that can be capture and reproduced.

We want a fluid process to learning that can be reproducible in other subject areas. Instead of an Individualized Educational Plan, (IEP), it is the unique success plan!

I would love to help make your success plan!

Study Skills

Every parent wants their child to adopt study skills. Many students lag behind and one of the most common teacher comments is "Needs organization and study skills!
Despite age and diagnosis this was the most common teacher report for referring a student. The skills are learned and are not acquired accidentally.

As an adjunct faculty member at a number of four year universities, my freshmen students always rolled their eyes and said: "We already know how to study," Many of them knew some elements of studying, however; they were ill equipped to master the process of studying and reading critically.

No matter the student, I have got to help the learner determine goals, values, and priorities of the course and the study skills plan. For most students, they get assignments which require more reading than they really have time allocated to implement.

My approach which has been effective and follows such recommendations by the International Reading Association and the National Association of School Psychologists addresses reading and study skills modules for subject mastery and increased student achievement.
Some of my approaches include: reviewing note taking methods, memory retention capabilities, and reading comprehension. In addition, we review research methods and test completions pattern analysis, and exam strategies.
Finally after you can define the problem, create a systematic approach to studying, then advanced test taking increases achievement. Student confidence improves which results in success!

Good Luck!

Bloomsburg University
College of New Jersey
Master's
Immaculata University
MEd

Education

Bloomsburg University

College of New Jersey (Master's)

Immaculata University (MEd)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Dorothy will travel within 20 miles of Phoenixville, PA 19460.


About Dorothy

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 and language 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!


Education

Bloomsburg University
College of New Jersey
Master's
Immaculata University
MEd

Education

Bloomsburg University

College of New Jersey (Master's)

Immaculata University (MEd)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Phoenixville, PA 19460

Dorothy’s Subjects

English:
ACT Reading, English, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary
History:
American History, Criminal Justice, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Phonics, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers,
Dyslexia,
Phonics, Special Needs
Homeschool:
English, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, SAT Reading
Corporate Training:
Criminal Justice

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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