Grab a Summer Intensive Spot Now​

If you've been thinking about signing up for one or more of my summer intensives, now is a good time to contact me. The spots are filling quickly. There will be three sessions, one lasting two weeks and the others lasting three weeks. You can sign up for one, two, or all three. The deadline to reserve a spot is April 30. If your child is a current student, I highly recommend you sign up for at least two sessions. Students can lose a lot of ground in the summer if they are not engaged academically, and we want to keep those skills strong! What Are Summer Intensives?These intensives are intended to help students stay fresh with academics during the summer as well as help them get a leg up on the coming school year. Students who need additional instruction with writing, research, project planning, note-taking, or reading are ideal candidates for these intensives. In the past, students have used this time to learn the ins and outs of writing a research paper, become more adept with taking notes in class and writing annotations, improve their essay writing and grammar, and continue progress with reading intervention. How Often Will We Meet?I recommend at least twice-a-week lessons. The lessons will last one hour. An important piece to note: for students who are doing Orton-Gillingham with me, two lessons a week are required. I have found that meeting less frequently slows down progress. If your child is doing O-G with me during the school year, I highly recommend that they continue working with me during the summer. Where Will Lessons Happen?Lessons will be available in person in Vermont at the South Burlington library or online for students who are remote, traveling, or outside of Vermont. What Are the Dates?• Session One: June 16–27• Session Two: July 15–August 1• Session Three: August 5–22 How Much Will the Intensives Cost?Session one, twice-a-week lessons: $360Sessions two and three, twice-a-week lessons: $540 each I have listed the price for twice-a-week lessons for each session; I will have some flexibility to offer more than twice a week lessons, if that is your preference. Payment is due on or before the first day of the intensive by check or PayPal. For parents who wish to pay ahead for two or three intensives, a $50 discount will apply.  If you have any questions, or would like to discuss possibilities about what type of intensive your student might need, please reply to this email, text, or call.  ​

The 3 Types of ADHD​

Eleven percent of children and teens in the US have ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). There are three subtypes: Primarily Inattentive, Primarily Hyperactive-Impulsive, or Combined. ADHD occurs on a spectrum, so some children will have more severe symptoms than others. While most children may have a few of the symptoms (occasional forgetfulness or failure to listen), a child receives a diagnosis of ADHD only when they have at least six of the symptoms for each type (or six of the inattentive and six of the hyperactive symptoms for combined type). Look at the lists below: do you recognize any of the following in your student? Keep in mind, these are not exhaustive lists. Inattentive Type• Not paying close attention to details and making careless mistakes.• Difficulty with long-term focus and distracted by outside stimuli.• Not listening when someone is talking.• Not finishing assignments or following directions.• Organization is challenging.• Easily loses things like assignment sheets, study materials, pens, pencils, etc.• Being forgetful. Hyperactive-Impulsive Type• Fidgeting or squirming• Not staying in seat in the classroom• Moving body when it's not appropriate (running or jumping in classroom, restlessness)• High energy and/or talkative• Interrupting when others are speaking• Difficulty with waiting one's turn Combined TypeA combination of six inattentive symptoms and six hyeractive-impulsive symptoms. You can reach out to your pediatrician, school psychologist, or a private psychoeducational evaluator to receive a diagnosis if you suspect your child has ADHD.  Here is more information on that process.​

Behavior Issues? Try This.​

Do you have a child who struggles with emotional outbursts, hyperactivity, or anxiety? One of my colleagues, Natanya Lara, is an energetic practitioner whose work focuses on helping children reset the balance in their energy systems to feel calmer and more at home in their bodies. She is a certified parenting coach and she understands how kids' emotions and behavior can affect family dynamics. As an energy work practitioner myself, I know that this work is profound and transformative. And as someone who has personally worked with Natanya around my own anxiety, I can highly recommend her as a practitioner. I recently interviewed Natanya about her work. If you find it compelling, definitely visit her web site and schedule a free 30-minute consultation to see if she'd be a good fit for you and your family. What are some behaviors that you work to shift?Emotional outbursts, hyperactivity, and anxiety. I recently worked with a kid who was acting out on the school bus. He would not stay in his seat, the bus driver couldn’t control him. He was also acting out in class. At home, he would literally bounce on the furniture when his brother was sitting there. His mom is a parenting coach herself and has lots of resources and she just didn’t know what to do. So I worked with him over a period of a couple of months and after the first session his school bus behaviors had vanished. By the end of the time we were working together, he was just a happy kid. His teachers couldn’t believe it and his mom is just thrilled. What does a session look like? Does the child need to be present for a session?There is no seated session. The child can be doing anything at the time of the energy work, and the child does not need to know it is happening. Most often they don’t, except for the older students. Sessions can be remote or in person. I work with kids in many different locations, and I generally do not meet with kids in person. What is energy work?Just as we have a digestive and a circulatory system, we have an energy system, and Eastern practitioners have been working with it for hundreds of years. If we don’t attend to it, it can become clogged. The side effects of having a clogged energy system can look like lots of different behaviors depending on the individual. So I allow the energy system to clear so that the body can come into balance. What is your particular approach?My work is simply to tap into the energy system of the client and allow that system to clear using my methodology. The work is based in the five element energy system that an acupuncturist would use. How would you work with test anxiety?I worked with a 16-year-old who had trouble focusing and had some pretty severe text anxiety with the SATs coming up. We worked together over a couple of months and she was able not only to focus on the work and complete what she needed to complete, but also to take the test without totally freaking out. I thank Natanya for sharing her work! Please do get in touch with her if you think your child would benefit from it. ​

How Does ADHD Affect Executive Function Skills?​

One major way ADHD challenges students is when they have to use their executive function skills.   What are Executive Function skills?• Time management and organization• Planning and problem solving• Motivation• Self-awareness, self-restraint, and self-regulation• Utilizing working memory   How Do Executive Function Skills Affect Learning?• Students have trouble creating schedules, planning nightly homework time, and keeping track of assignments.• They struggle to solve problems, such as how to balance sports practice and homework time.• They have a hard time finding the motivation to do schoolwork.• Students with ADHD can struggle with being aware of their behaviors and curbing those that are not beneficial.   How Does My Tutoring Help?• I help students learn organization and time management skills, including using timers, planners, and binders, and folders.• I encourage positive self-talk, since many students with ADHD have incredibly negative self-talk about their ability to focus, get their work done on time, and manage their emotions.• I teach mindfulness to help with focus, working memory, fidgeting, self-awareness, self-regulation, and anxiety and depression.• I help students understand that this is something they will manage throughout their lives, but that doesn't mean it will always be hard. If they put practices in place, and use tools to support them, they will be able to navigate life well. If you have a student with ADHD who could use my help, please contact me!​

2019 Summer Intensives

My summer intensives were so successful last summer that I'm bringing them back this year! This time, there will be three sessions, one lasting two weeks and the others lasting three weeks. You can sign up for one, two, or all three. The deadline to reserve a spot is April 30. What Are Summer Intensives?These intensives are intended to help students stay fresh with academics during the summer as well as help them get a leg up on the coming school year. Students who need additional instruction with writing, research, project planning, note-taking, or reading are ideal candidates for these intensives. In the past, students have used this time to learn the ins and outs of writing a research paper, become more adept with taking notes in class and writing annotations, improve their essay writing and grammar, and continue progress with reading intervention. How Often Will We Meet?I recommend at least twice-a-week lessons. The lessons will last one hour. An important piece to note: for students who are doing Orton-Gillingham with me, two lessons a week are required. I have found that meeting less frequently slows down progress. If your child is doing O-G with me during the school year, I highly recommend that they continue working with me during the summer. Where Will Lessons Happen?Lessons will be available in person in Vermont at the South Burlington library or online for students who are remote, traveling, or outside of Vermont. What Are the Dates?• Session 1: June 16–27• Session 2: July 15–August 1• Session 3: August 5–22 How Much Will the Intensives Cost?Session one, twice-a-week lessons: $360Sessions two and three, twice-a-week lessons: $540 I have listed the price for twice-a-week lessons for each session; I will have some flexibility to offer more than twice a week lessons, if that is your preference. Payment is due on or before the first day of the intensive by check or PayPal. For parents who wish to pay ahead for two or three intensives, a $50 discount will apply.  Spots will fill quickly, so if you already know you'd like to sign up, please respond to this email and I'll make sure to put you on my calendar. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss possibilities about what type of intensive your student might need, please reply to this email, text, or call.​

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