About Heather

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!

My Credentials

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

Heather with her oldest son  Heather and her youngest son

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!

2 thoughts on “About Heather

  1. Bogart Erin

    Hello Heather –

    I live in the Ballard area of Seattle. I found a comment you made about PANDAS on the CHMC website. I would love to connect with your PANS/PANDAS group.

    I’m working toward diagnosis and treatment of my 12-year-old son. In late Nov. 2017 he had a major outburst at school after a scuffle on the playground. Very uncharacteristic behavior for him. He was diagnosed with ADHD & dyslexia/dysgraphia in in 2nd grade. We’ve had lots of ups and downs over the years, but noting like what has happened in the last 2 months. He is not been able to attend school for 2+ months. We are trying to wait patiently to be seen by the one physician I can find in the Seattle area who is a PANDAS specialist – Dr. Gbedawo.

    I put together a history of strep and he’s had it at least once a year, sometimes twice a year since Kindergarten. Writing difficulties and separation anxiety came on in 1st grade.

    We would really like to be followed by someone at Seattle CHMC as our insurance is not the best and we may not have coverage at many of the smaller private practices. I’m specifically in search of a neurologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH) who is PANDAS friendly and someone who can oversee IVIG if that becomes necessary.

    Here is who we have seen or will be seeing soon:

    Dr. William French, Psychiatrist – saw in Jan
    Dr. Suzanne Skoda-Smith, Immunologist – saw in Jan (low response to Prevnar7)
    Dr. Brien Vlcek, Neurologist – will see Feb. 10
    Dr. Hatha Gbedaow, ND – will see Feb. 9

    No apt yet, but I’m looking into Lauren Plawner a neurologist with Swedish in Bothell.

    Do you have any other Seattle area resources & physicians you can share with me?

    Thank You – Erin

    1. Heather Korbmacher

      Erin, Thank you for reaching out. I’ve emailed you privately with a more detailed response. I’m so sorry you are going through this! Warmly, Heather


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