Inspiring New Beginnings: A Decade of Graduations and Neurodiverse Achievements

I have savored the time to hear the inspiring graduation speeches for reflection, purpose, and a moment of gratitude to celebrate these milestones from many different student experiences. 

Graduation ceremonies this year were extra extraordinary. I celebrated my 10th and final year as a school learning specialist and cheered clients at their graduations and parties, a hallmark of their accomplishments and reflection for gratitude. Lastly, my household was marked by two graduations, 8th-grade Recognition, and 5th-grade Commencement ceremonies. The parents, blended families, and friends come to celebrate the growth of each child; a sense of personal and academic completion with new goals set forth. Each individual celebrated as our paths are unique in discovering our destination.

I specialize in supporting the student experience for individuals who identify as neurodiverse learners with intersecting identities. As a Certified Independent Educational Consultant for college-bound students and Certified Professional Life Coach serving middle school, high school, college, and emerging adults to achieve their educational goals and personal dreams, my skills support those with and are not limited to the following: 

  • Accommodations for educational needs for school, college, and standardized testing (former SSD College Board and ACT Accommodations Coordinator) 
  • Attentional Disorders 
    • ADHD (may occur with mood disorders, rejection sensitive dysphoria, EF skill deficit, co-occurring diagnosis #1 anxiety)
  • ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
  • Executive dysfunction, Executive Functioning (e.g., initiation, working memory, planning, organization, time management, emotional dysregulation, monitoring, shifting impulsivity) 
    • Reading, Writing, Math, Mixed Expressive-Receptive Language 
  • Neuropsychiatric disorders 
    • Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive, & Bipolar
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, POTS, & Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) 
  • Learning Disability (reading, written expression, mathematics)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), including post-concussion syndrome 
  • Exceptional circumstances for short-term to long-term (i.e., intensive, standard, and outpatient OPI) include cancer, substance use disorder, and self-harm.
  • High Achieving Students (HAS) & Twice-exceptional (2e) Learners 

All students’ intersecting identities, as 1 in 5, have a learning or thinking difference; they’re also artists, student-athletes, entrepreneurial spirits, creative, performing arts, film, video game design, engineering, science, data analysis, coding, business and innovation, communications, entrepreneurship, creative and content writing, dance and singing, languages, debate, nonprofits, people of color, all genders, socio-economic backgrounds, and the LGBTQIA+ community to support the dreamers, thinkers, and doers who become the change-makers and contributors to our communities.   

To learn more about my relaunch at 15 years as an Independent Educational Consultant and new Life Coaching services, I am available for a professional Zoom connection for a Discovery Call or a Lunch & Learn Professional Presentation to schedule for the office or team for an opportunity to connect and collaborate. 

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