In my experience, is I have found that consistency is the bedrock of mastering any skill. Dedicating time weekly to your child's success is what I strive for. Whether be in your home or in your child's classroom, my goal is to provide consistency of skills across settings. I utilize the principals of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and work collaboratively with parents and schools to strengthen areas such as communication, social skills, self-care, play and leisure, sensory diets, as well as behavioral challenges. I incorporate a mindful approach to create and navigate the space between where the client is and how they react to situations. This helps my clients learn more positive and flexible strategies when dealing with situations and emotions.
My whole life it seems I have been drawn to all facets of child development, education, and especially the Special Needs field and Child/Parent Advocacy. Starting with babysitting from a young age, I then entered my Early Childhood Education journey and was an Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Teacher for 10 years before I started working on my Moderate/Severe Special Education Credential. During this time I started working for a company that introduced me to the ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) field and became a coach for students, parents, and teachers about how behaviors can be modified to give a student a head start in reaching their full potential. This became yet another part of the Special Education sector I wanted to develop for myself.
About 10 years ago I received my Moderate/Severe Special Educators Credential and worked on my emphasis in Autism. I started teaching and incorporated my background in ABA and Autism to help my students, which has given me so much joy. Almost 6 years ago my daughter, who is almost 9 now, was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes and this led me on my own journey as a parent through the educational system that I had only viewed as a teacher. I began to research more about what I can do to help a fractured system that my daughter and my students were falling through and help improve this. There is so much good that people in this field want to give students, and I am humbled to be amongst them.
I truly believe we can work together with this goal, giving support and resources to one another, and know someone has our back. My goal is that I can be of service to children and families within the Special Needs community and we can work together to create a wonderful future for our children.