Westminster College (Psychology)
George Mason University (Graduate Coursework)
I've been writing professionally for more than 10 years. Before that I homeschooled my special needs son and worked one-on-one with children on the autism spectrum, where my responsibilities included teaching and behavioral therapy. I know how important it is to take each child's special interest into consideration and use it as a motivating factor for learning.
My education includes a B.A. in Psychology, a minor in Nursing, and I've completed continuing education courses specializing in autism (Educational Perspectives and Introduction to Autism). I've been trained to provide community-based services to children with developmental disorders.
I bring years of real-world experience to my teaching, including work as an Assistant Editor at Autism Asperger's Digest and a variety of positions in the health field (therapist, direct care, nursing, clinic assistant, health education, office management).
Experience as a writer should speak to my knowledge of grammar, usage and spelling, but I also have experience as a copy editor and proofreader for a variety of clients. I'm familiar with style protocols, including AP, Chicago and APA.
I taught as a homeschooling / cyberschooling parent for four years. My curriculum, methods, and results have been approved by the public school system.
My teaching style is student-centered, with a strong belief in targeting strengths and interests and using those to help remediate the areas that are in need of support. I like to collaborate with students and provide positive reinforcement that encourages the student and feeds motivation. I will want to pre-assess each student to differentiate and target areas requiring special attention. I've been writing professionally for more than 10 years. Before that I homeschooled my special needs son and worked one-on-one with children on the autism spectrum, where my responsibilities included teaching and behavioral therapy. I know how important it is to take each child's special interest into consideration and use it as a motivating
My experience with autism exists on many levels. I worked as a community-based therapist for children with autism. In that position I had ongoing state-required training in all aspects of autism and therapeutic approaches. I successfully completed continuing education courses in Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Intro to Autism and Educational Perspectives. I also worked as Assistant Editor and Writer for the Autism Asperger's Digest. On a more personal level, I'm a single mom with a son on the autism spectrum. I've spent years researching and studying so I could be his advocate. I was also his special education teacher for 3 years when we homeschooled under the supervision of the local school district. I've also extensively worked with my son as a home therapist, implementing behavioral therapies under the guidance of professional psychologists.
My educational background includes a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Nursing, and continuing education online in Educational Perspectives in Children With Autism. I've worked with autistic children as a community-based therapist, where my responsibilities included tutoring. I also worked under the direction and guidance of K12 when I home-schooled my special needs son. When it comes to tutoring methods for special needs children, it always depends on the individual needs and strengths of each client. I've implemented ABA techniques, used pictorial teaching aides and various manipulatives, as well as old-fashioned rote memorization if that's what works.