Early Childhood Special Educator
Tell us a little about your approach to early intervention:
My approach to early intervention is centered on mutual respect. I feel honored to be welcomed into my families’ homes to work as a team in order to make progress on the individualized outcomes. The objective of early intervention both begins and ends with strengthening the relationship between the child and the caregiver. The caregiver is the first and most impactful teacher to the child and promoting a caring relationship between the two is invaluable. Every child deserves to have supportive and stable relationships. I approach early intervention through a strength-based coaching model. I believe that every parent has skills and it is my job to build off of those skills by partnering with the caregiver to provide strategies so that when I leave the parent becomes the teacher and the child is the learner. I have found that child directed interaction is most successful because when a child initiates and the adult responds meaningfully, the child is both motivated and ready to learn.
What qualifications and trainings do you have?
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
- Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies
- Additional trainings include: ABA therapist, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, Washington STARS Training
Are there areas of practice that you specialize in?
I specialize in working with children birth to three in the natural environment which is most often in the home or at the child care facility. I have experience working with children that have behavioral issues, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and children that have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I have enjoyed working with culturally diverse families and continue to serve Spanish speaking families.