I hold an M.Ed. and an Ed.S. from The College of William & Mary in School Psychology. In my first career, I was a practicing school psychologist in both Virginia and Massachusetts. I worked in many different public and private schools with students in traditional academic settings, alternative programs, and special needs placements. The students I tested, counseled, and advised spanned the ages of 3 – 22. In conjunction with my individual and group work with students, I advised teachers on how to engage and support different types of learners; how to manage complex behavioral dynamics of individual children or among children in a classroom; and how to work with specialists, administrators, and parents when students were struggling academically, behaviorally, emotionally, psychologically, or otherwise
Although I no longer conduct evaluations, I do assist parents in the following ways:
- Assistance interpreting educational test scores and reports, neuropsychological test scores and narratives, psychological reports, Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s), 504 Plans, and any other written or verbal evaluative information on their children
- Accompanying parents to teacher conferences, school meetings, or meetings with other specialists in order to provide support, an additional set of ears, advocacy for services, or debriefing and clarification of the information given
- Advising and coaching of parents as they navigate any or all steps of the process of identifying any possible special needs their children may have
- Strategic advising of parents as they advocate for school-funded support services for their children
- Advising parents on optimal educational settings for their children with mild special needs (notably dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, mild spectrum disorders without significant behavioral components, NLD, speech disorders, and other mild conditions that affect learning). I do not advise on therapeutic school placements for children with significant behavioral, psychological, or social disabilities, but can make referrals.
- Referring parents to additional educational consultants, psychologists, neuropsychologists, or other specialists as needed