For inquiries about my professional services or to arrange for speaking engagements, workshops, or clinical services, you may contact me by email.
If you are a parent and are not exactly sure what you need and how I can help, you are not alone! Please contact me by email, provide your contact information, and I will be happy to provide you a free phone consultation to help guide you in the right direction and help you get started.
Consultations for Parents, Schools, and other Professionals:
I consult with parents and educators to create programs for children integrating an understanding of their needs and my experience building a working team of parents, schools and other professionals. I stress a team approach based upon a shared understanding of the child’s strengths and challenges and a commitment to helping the child experience success.
I help parents navigate the education system and guide them to local resources to obtain the services their child needs. As a parent, I know that advocating for your child can be hard work and overwhelming. Evaluations and testing can be confusing. I explain the evaluations and help you understand your rights in the special education system. I am available to prepare and support you as you participate in Committee of Special Education (CSE) meetings which are often emotional and intimidating.
I encourage a strong school-parent alliance. A partnership is crucial to the success of this process. As a psychologist specialized in this area, I focus on helping all parties involved understand how a child’s learning difference can impact him or her academically, emotionally, socially, and behaviorally
Training for School Professionals:
I provide in-service training to school staff, including general education and special education teachers, administrators, school psychologists and nurses, and support staff. The range of topics includes Tourette Syndrome and associated disorders such as OCD, ADHD, Dysgraphia, Executive Dysfunction, Sensory Processing Disorder, Anxiety, and other Learning Disabilities. I focus on how these disorders can challenge and impact children at school. I always stress pragmatic strategies that can be used in the classroom or school setting.
I have lectured to PTAs and other professional organizations such as the Tourette Syndrome Association-NY Hudson Valley Chapter, and Parents and Professionals Advocating for Children (PAPAS). I was a featured guest speaker on WFAS radio show “Living With Tourette Syndrome”
Topic of talks for community groups and PTAs have included:
I regularly contribute to Education and Advocacy newsletters. My writing focuses on increasing community awareness of special needs and informing and educating teachers and parents about social and emotional development in both typical and special needs children. My articles are in newsletters such as The Education Bulletin of the Tourette Syndrome Association-NY Hudson Valley Chapter, and The PAPAS Bulletin (Parents and Professionals Advocating for Students).
I conduct a monthly support group for parents of children with Tourette Syndrome and associated disorders.
I wanted to formally thank you for taking the time to share information and your personal experiences to inform us all about TS and its related disorders. I especially found useful your connection between how appropriate program modifications can lead to actually making students more independent in the future!-Director of Pupil Services, Westchester County School District
Thank you for presenting to our staff. The teachers, administrators, and support staff learned a great deal from your presentation. We hope to use this knowledge to better the lives of the students at our school.
-School Psychologist, middle school in Westchester County
The success of the conference day would not have been possible without your dedication and commitment. It is clear that our staff professionally benefited your willingness to share your expertise.
-Superintendent, Westchester County School District
Thank you so much for coming to our school to provide an in-service to our staff. Even with the limited time you were given, you were able to provide us with an in-depth explanation of Tourette Syndrome and what having this diagnosis means to our students. In addition, you provided such helpful strategies for teachers when working with students with TS.
-Principal, middle school in Westchester County
We had many positive comments from our para-educators. They found your presentation very interesting and informative. I look forward to having you present again in the future.
-Principal, elementary school in Orange County
We could never fully express our gratitude for all you have done to help us through this process. You not only have supported us through the IEP journey but have sparked our desire to become more involved and to surround ourselves with those who share our struggles.
-Mother of 12 year old with ADHD
Thank you for all the time you have spent speaking with me and meeting with the staff at school, sharing your experiences and empowering many people along the way. We have felt so blessed by your help and encouragement. You have changed a little girl’s life for the better, and inspired a mom as well.
-Mother of 8 year old with OCD
Thanks so much for your time and for being so willing to brainstorm with me for such an extensive period of time. Can’t tell you how much the support means!
-Mother of 10 year old with ADHD, TS, Dysgraphia
I am writing a book about the emotional challenges parents face while raising a special needs child. My book focuses on what you as a parent need, your emotional experiences, and how you can survive and even thrive in this demanding parenting role.
I would really like to hear your perspective on parenting a special needs child. If you would like to contribute by sharing YOUR experiences, please complete this Special Needs survey. To complete the survey CLICK HERE
Your responses are confidential, but I may choose to excerpt some of your shared wisdom and quote you in my book! (Any identifying data would be removed or changed, of course). As a parent of special needs children myself, I know that your spare time is valuable. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for sharing your parenting experiences with me.