Meet Eli

Most advocates get into advocating because they have had to jump through the hoops of figuring out for their own children how to get them serviced in the special education setting and have become experts in doing so.

My story is not that much different. I raised two fairly neurotypical kids, and then Eli came along.

He hit every milestone on time until it came to speaking. He didn’t start speaking in complete sentences until he was almost 5. I was so confused when he couldn’t learn colors, letters, or numbers. I had been an elementary school teacher for many years; how was he not getting this?

When he was 7, I went to his special education teacher crying because he was not reading at all. Finally, I decided I had to take matters into my own hands, and I registered for a class to become trained in the Orton-Gillingham reading method. 

I took that method, paired it with another program, and got to work. It took over a year, but eventually, Eli began to read. 

Eli is now 13 and has diagnoses of dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, autism, sensory processing disorder, auditory processing disorder, anxiety, and a myriad of co-morbidities that go with those. But he is currently reading only one grade level behind, participates in mostly mainstream/inclusion classes, and has learned how to use many accommodations to help him be successful in school. 

Don’t get me wrong; it is still a process. We struggle daily with focus, executive functioning, impulse issues, sensory issues, extreme anxiety, social skills, and just getting work done. But he is doing it. I keep telling myself that if he is 2-3 years behind when he is 25, I’ll be okay with that.

Because of Eli, I have become an expert in advocating and coaching for dyslexia and behavior.

Not only have I completed training in Orton-Gillingham (this comes in handy because I understand the methods they are talking about when sitting at the IEP table and when setting goals), but I have a master’s degree in Curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in behavior data and modification. For advocating and coaching, I have completed training through the Council of Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates and Master IEP Coach® training and Dyslexia Training Institute

Although no parent’s experience is the same, you should know I get you. We all want basically the same thing, to see our child succeed. I will do everything in my power to help you realize that goal. I believe in collaboration at the table, but I know that can only happen with preparation leading up to that moment. I have studied different methods and seen success all over the country.

If my story resonates with you and you want to set up a consultation hit the button or send me a message.