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Children & Learning

I have worked with children, families, and adults for over thirty years and am certified in both counseling and special education.

My professional background includes:

  • Individual and family therapy
  • Specialized services for learning disabled, ADHD, developmentally delayed and autistic individuals
  • Wellness programming
  • School counseling and teaching (child, adolescent, adult and special education)
  • Adolescent substance abuse services

My specialized services for learning and attention issues have focused on many technology and non-technology based approaches to address difficulties with concentration, impulse control, anxiety, disorganization, auditory processing, language delays, and physical coordination.

The interventions and approaches I incorporate, are heavily influenced by working and training    with professionals in the fields of:

  • Sensory integration
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech and language
  • Audiology
  • Early childhood development
  • Developmental optometry
  • Biofeedback
  • Heart-centered relaxation/meditation
  • Yoga
  • Voice, singing, and music

My orientation is to blend and balance diverse training and technical expertise with intuition from being deeply present with the child. Thus, sometimes a targeted intervention or a blend of various modalities is most appropriate, and at other times, a nurturing space and a supportive invitation lay the foundation for change to occur.

Supportive technology for learning 

Two effective technology-based programs I have worked with in my counseling for over a decade are the Interactive Metronome and HeartMath.

Research involving the Interactive Metronome program has demonstrated gains in attention, motor control, reading, language processing, and reductions in aggressive behavior among ADHD children. Although not a silver bullet for all issues, I have seen significant gains regardless of age (4 to adult) or concern (ADHD, autism, learning disabilities or developmental delays).

Significant improvements in memory, self-regulation, and self-esteem have been documented through the use of the HeartMath program.  Organization and anxiety issues are common among students with learning and attention difficulties. HeartMath addresses the emotional and physiological foundations  needed for focused attention and academic success. The HeartMath program combines user-friendly biofeedback with a focus on the heart, breath, and positive feelings to enable individuals to discover the connection between feelings, physiology, well-being and learning.   

.                                   Do you hear what I hear?

Auditory processing issues can be another factor that influence learning, language development and reading skills. For many children, the auditory world means try harder, process slower, tire faster, and give up quicker. However, many auditory  issues can be addressed  through specialized programs.   

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