Working Together For Your Child
I spent my entire career working with and for the special education population. I have had the amazing chance to be on both, the district and parent side of the IEP table. I have my undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and I specialize in Autism and Behavioral Disorders. I received certification in AAC Device Management and as a RBT (registered behavioral technician). I also have two beautiful babes, a 4 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. They help ground me and give me a great perspective on the child's needs.
I started as a Speech Language Specialist in a school district. I worked mainly with the autism and multiply disabled population. In this position I gained invaluable knowledge of not only how to create effective and appropriate goals and objectives, but also of the laws and regulations that go into the creation of an IEP. I then moved into a more hands on, behavioral path. I worked as a Clinical Associate at a residential behavioral stabilization unit for children. This really opened my eyes and helped further my education and passion in the behavioral field. I spent the last 3 years working with a specialized learning center that works with children who have difficulties in their social, behavioral, and learning development. I was the Program Director which allowed me to assess each child individually and design a program that would effectively target the root causes of their issues. Here is where I found a huge passion for not only working with the individual child but working with the parent to help them understand and work with their child on a different level. I also accompanied the parents to their school to help them work with the district in the best interest of the child.
Working As An Advocate
Throughout my career I found that a significant portion of parents were having trouble navigating the IEP process. They did not know what their rights were, and even if they read the PRISE book, they language used was not parent friendly. They did not know what they could ask for, how to get what they felt their child needed, and overall did not feel as though they were members of their own child's IEP team.
My goal is to educate and advocate for parents so that they are able to be active participants on the IEP team. A parent’s input is an invaluable piece to the IEP creation. It’s time we were all on the same side of the table.