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How do I know that my child has a learning disability?

In 2013, I did this talk with teachers & parents, to explain very simply the many myths and misconceptions we have about learning difficulties. Come, watch me take you into the world of the child who struggles:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPD77glh2Eg

Teachers are the problem when a child does not learn?

         After 30 years of tutoring special education children, I have decided that all problems are mine, not the child's. Thus, I analyze what has already been provided in detail to determine what does and does not work. For example, children have different learning styles that are not rigid, but flexible. Each of us may be good at a tactile sport but not efficient at a sport requiring gross motor skills. Or a student may read silently better than aloud, yet prefer to read aloud to younger siblings. Another child may draw a concept better than listening to a teacher's lecture. Learning by both visual and auditory processing may be best for others, who do not prefer writing.          I was consistently talking with a student about his needs who listened attentively, yet was not making progress. I switched to a visual approach, placing my directions on 3 x 5 cards taped to his folders and some on his desk, and the shift... read more

Certification Verification

  I am a PA Dual Certified Teacher in Secondary Education/Social Studies with a Masters in Education. I am also certified in Special Education. I have 5 years teaching experience in regular, honors, and special education classrooms. Currently, I am working as an Educational Support Coordinator at an alternative high school in Philadelphia, PA.   I am extremely passionate about helping students succeed. Please contact me if you need help! "It's NEVER too late to become what you might have been."

Expanding my Horizons as an Educator!

I did not commit to a major in education until late this summer. I knew I wanted to help people with disabilities, but it was not until I spent my summer working at the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte's Camp Holiday that I realized a classroom was where I wanted to be!    I am more interested in Special Education than most other areas, but I love all of it! I am fascinated by my Educational Psychology course this semester--I think I want to pursue research in that area long-term. And I've realized how much I want to help every child, everywhere.    I am working for the Pencil Foundation as a reading tutor at an elementary school in Nashville this year, and I am excited to work on literacy with typically developing 3rd and 4th grade children. This will be a new experience for me, and I can't wait! 

Decided to stay in Special Education

I decided to stay in the field of Special Education.  My next class will be in classroom management so here's it begins to get interesting. I'd also love some more experience in Autism and Asperger's syndrome as well. Still holding my A average at Grand Canyon University in Special Education.

How Do I Know If My Child Needs an Educational Therapist?

Who is an Educational Therapist? Children who benefit from combining their visual (perception), listening (or auditory perception) and tactile (fine-motor) abilities to practice, retain and recall for future tasks, usually do well with an professional educator. An educational therapist usually has a Master's in Education or Special Education from a well recognized college or university. Their experience includes visual-motor integration, auditory processing, and other perceptual skills. Short-term sequential memory, working memory, use of mnemonic and other strategies are combined with the best-evidenced reading, writing, and math programs, as well as all language-arts remediation and enhancement. A professional educational therapist may be a Board-Certified Educational Therapist by "The Association of Educational Therapists", for example. Many educational therapists have Ph.D.'s, and/or psychotherapy licenses. Thus, self-esteem and other emotionally-related... read more

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