About Me

am a Special Needs Teacher, Advocate, Educational Consultant, Wife, and Mom of three boys with Special Needs. I have over 20 years of experience in the field of Special Education. It is my passion to help children with special needs become happy, healthy and successful members in their community.

Advocating for children with special needs started when I was in graduate school working at the New England Center for Children as a Special Needs Teacher. Upon completing my master's program at Simmons College, I began work in public schools. I attended many IEP meetings and saw many different outcomes, some good, some bad. From these experiences, I knew my calling was to advocate for families and help children with special needs receive the support they need to become the best they can be.

As an advocate and consultant, I work with your family from start to finish of the IEP process. Starting with helping families navigate their child’s IEP, this includes Record Review and Observations. As a special education teacher, I acquired many skills that will improve your child's IEP. I have administered many of the Assessments that your child will receive which allows me to interpret scores to help develop an IEP that is specific and beneficial for your child. Additionally, I have extensive training in writing IEP's, making sure all goals and benchmarks are measurable and specific to your child as well as following a scope and sequence of the curriculum. Lastly, I help families navigate the many service providers involved and coordinate communication with all members of the IEP Team for the best possible outcomes.

I advocate for children with an age range of 2-22 and those being diagnosed with a Learning Disability, Executive Functioning Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disability, Anxiety, Mood Disorder, ADD/ADHD, and Chromosome Disorder/Down Syndrome.

I live the daily struggles and experience the greatest joys of watching my boys accomplish things others take for granted. It is a hard road raising a child with special needs, but with the right support in place and having guidance from professionals can make all the difference. Helping families navigate the struggles of raising a child with special needs is what I love to do!

  • Colleges

    University of Massachusetts, Bachelor of Arts Amherst, MA 1996

    Simmons College, Master of Science in Education Boston, MA 1999

  • Certifications

    Massachusetts Professional Certification in Intensive Needs PreK-12

    Wilson Reading Certificate Framingham, MA 2015

  • Associations

    Member of SPAN (Special Education Advocacy Network)

     

    Member of COPAA (Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys)

  • Trainings

    • Wrightslaw - Special Education Law & Advocacy 2020

    • SEI Endorsement Course Spring 2020

    • Federation for Children with Special Needs Intensive Parent Training June 2019

    • SPAN Conference for Transition Marlborough, MA 2019

    • IEP Writing Strategies: A Linear Approach, Allan S. Blume 2017

    • Safety Care Certification 2016-2017

    • RLI Reading Program Down Syndrome Conference – Worcester, MA 2016

    • MCAS Alternate Assessment Seminar 2015

    • Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Program – Sherborn, MA 2014, 2015, 2016

  • Trainings

    • Wilson Language – Fitchburg State University - 2015

    • Lively Letters – April 2014

    • Keys to literacy: The answer key to open response – The Education Cooperative 2013

    • Meeting the Social Needs of Children with Autism – NECC 2010

    • Pro-Active Strategies for Managing Challenging Behavior – NECC 2010

    • Developmental Patterns of Children with Special Needs – Framingham State University 2009

    • Orton – Gillingham Teaching Approach – Fitchburg State University 2001

    • Leadership and Consultation in Language Arts – Framingham State University 2001

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