Hi! Thanks for stopping by. If you are here, then chances are good that you know a child or youth who demonstrates challenging behavior. These challenges may have been going on for a while, or they may have come on suddenly. Either way, you are probably looking for ideas on how to best support this child. You’ve come to the right place!
With over 20 years of experience working in K-12 and post-secondary education, I am an enthusiastic advocate for children and youth who have challenging behavior, are often misunderstood, and sometimes misdiagnosed. I have a Masters in Education in Exceptional Children and am a National Board Certified Teacher in the United States. Additionally, I am a certified trainer for Right Response, Life Space Crisis Intervention, and Re-EDucation and I have supported schools implementing Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS).
As a Parent
I am the mother of 2 children, who understands what it means to help your own child overcome adversity. My youngest son has dyslexia and my oldest son has an auto immune disorder called PANS. Both of these challenges have given me a very personal insight into what it means to parent under difficult circumstances, access supports and services, and never give up on your child. This has helped me develop a deeper compassion for the children and youth I support and for the families who love and care for them. It is also why I am the founder of the Western Washington PANDAS/PANS Parent Support Group, where parents can ask questions, share stories, and build hope and courage in the face of a very difficult condition.
If you need assistance with your own child, in the classroom, your school, or your district I can help! In addition to resources available on this site, you can access my personal services through the Consultation/Coaching tab or through the Advocacy page under the For Parents tab.
If you don’t find what you are looking for here, drop me a line and I will do what I can to help you find what you need.
THANK YOU for being the difference in a child’s life!