My Background

I have consulted with families and coached people with Autism and other developmental delays since 1994. I have worked in homes, schools, and community settings in Minneapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles, and now the Portland Metro Area.

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Philosophy

I believe all people are capable of learning new habits and gaining new knowledge. I also believe this learning is only possible when the learner experiences trust and respect in the relationship with their guide. My consultation and tutoring are centered on this foundation of a trusting partnership. Whether it be Academic Coaching to support a middle schooler to complete homework assignments or consultation to a family struggling with the nuances of their high schooler using social media, I focus on first building trust and then collaborating with everyone to find sustainable solutions.

Learning never ends

Training

I have had the great fortune of learning from each person that I have consulted, taught, partnered with, and guided. I have had additional training in:

  • TEACCH classroom training

  • RDI Consultant training

  • Social Thinking

  • Synergy Autism Mentorship

  • Oregon Intervention System

  • OTAC Behavior Professional training

  • Conscious Discipline - Understanding Trauma


Education

University of Minnesota ~ Bachelor of Individualized Studies

University of Illinois at Chicago ~ Master of Education

Other experience

Coach for Special Olympics

Advisor to the Board of Directors for Autism Society of Oregon

Advisor to Portland Asperger’s Network

Member of Portland Autism Group

Volunteer with Ex Novo Communitas