Imagine 2 students getting ready to run on a track. One student looks ahead and sees a pretty clear path, maybe a few speed bumps or a few dips and pot holes to avoid. The other student sees hurdle after hurdle after hurdle.
My questions for you are:
- Who will likely get to the end faster?
- Who will likely be more exhausted?
- Who will likely be more frustrated?
- Who will not want to come back to the track tomorrow?
This is my analogy for the struggles students face when they are going through school with a learning, attention or social difficulty or disability. Students with difficulties or disabilities have to work harder and take more time to do the same work than students who do not have the difficulties. As a psychologist, I work with the student, family, school, and any professionals to overcome those hurdles. First, I help figure out what interventions will help students develop specific skills in those harder areas. Second, I work with the student, family and school to figure out specific ways to make learning less exhausting and frustrating and help students feel more confident and empowered.
How do I do this?
- I get to know each student individually and learn about his or her strengths and difficulties
- I work to understand the environments the student lives and learns in
- I learn about the goals the student, family and school have
- I connect this information to what research says are proven ways to help the student
- I work together with the student, family and school to develop an educational plan to put these proven ways into action and program for success.
- In some cases, I work to develop a comprehensive and official plan with the school, such as a 504 Plan or an IEP (Special Education Plan). I work to make the plan meaningful and powerful for the student all the way through school.
A professional evaluation is always helpful when families are worried about their children’s learning or social and emotional development to identify concerns and strengths and ways to lower and overcome hurdles to promote success. I have helped students to overcome hurdles when they struggle with reading (Dyslexia), writing (Dysgraphia), math (Dyscalculia), attention and ADHD, and social and emotional needs. By looking at each student as an individual and working together with students, parents, educators and other professionals, I can help reduce those hurdles, making the “daily race” feel a little less tiring, and helping the “runner” feel a lot more successful.
If you are ready to find out how to help your child overcome some of the hurdles, give me a call. 720-432-1336