Chrissy Perone-Sunberg, M.Ed., AAC
I’m officially an associate certified coach from the International coaching federation. After completing my training program at ADDCA I became an ACC. I’m an ACC certified by the ICF now.
This is what I needed to do to qualify for ICF status.
As the world’s largest organization of professionally trained coaches, ICF confers instant credibility upon its members. ICF is also committed to connecting member coaches with the tools and resources they need to succeed in their careers.
ICF offers the only globally recognized, independent credentialing program for coach practitioners. ICF Credentials are awarded to professional coaches who have met stringent education and experience requirements and have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the coaching competencies that set the standard in the profession. Achieving credentials through ICF signifies a coach’s commitment to integrity, understanding and mastery of coaching skills, and dedication to clients.
I am excited to share my new skills with you and your families!
Written by: Chrissy Perone-Sunberg, M.Ed., AAC
Not all colleges are created equal when it comes to accommodations for students that have learning disabilities. When your student is in high school, they are protected by their IEP Plan. When they make the transition from high school to college, there are a few things you should know. While the protection of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is no longer available for college students, they are still able to receive appropriate academic accommodations via Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the ADA the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Before your student decides on the right University for him it’s important to do research and find out if the school has a solid program to provide necessary service and accommodations in academics, the residential experience, and campus access.
Every postsecondary institution by law should have a program on campus, but some are more established than others. Some offer a continuum of comprehensive services while others barely offer extended time on tests. Some schools may offer workshops to help students develop study and time management skills. They may have learning specialists with whom students can meet once a week in a one-on-one setting. They may provide more targeted academic advising than students’ regular academic advisor can offer. These services are above what the law requires, so while some schools provide these for free, others incorporate them under a well worth it special fee-for-service program.
There is no federal regulation indicating what type of documentation the college has to accept to prove that your student has a diagnosed learning disability. Some colleges, may require a diagnosis described in a detailed letter from a pediatrician or psychologist or an IEP or 504 plan. Some schools might ask that the student's treating professional complete a form.
Do your research.
Before you set up your tour, I recommend going on the University’s website to find out what type of accommodations are offered. If you are not able to locate the accommodations on-line you can call the department directly. The name may not be obvious. Below are some of the names schools’ call the office that administers accommodations:
Equity Learning Center
Access Academic Center
Access & Equity Learning Support
Diversity Academic Support
Learning Disabilities Special Programs
Learning Resource Center Academic Success Center
Click on the link below and check out some colleges that have well established programs for students with learning disabilities.
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Written by: Dr Liz Matheis and Featured by: The Mighty
"Your child has anxiety. Your child may be struggling to get to school each day. Maybe he is downright refusing to go. Maybe she is complaining of stomachaches and headaches before bed or before school. Your child may be struggling to make friends or keep them. Maybe certain subjects are difficult. Maybe he is having a hard time taking in all of the stimulation in the classroom or school, and needs a break."
If your child is struggling with anxiety during classes, they are likely experiencing difficulty paying attention to the lesson or completing assignments because of this. Today's blog discusses two different options you have in order to assure your child gets the academic support they need!
Written by: Dr. Liz Matheis and Featured by: Shield Health Care
"The new school year is upon us! With a over a month under our belts, our children with special needs are beginning to accept that summer is over and this new school year is for real! For our children with dyslexia, school work, homework, and any task that includes reading or writing is tough. Children with dyslexia are relieved during the summer when this demand is decreased significantly, and begin to dread the new school year with all of its perceived difficulties."
Today's blog discusses the signs of learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, what to do if you suspect your child is struggling, and the classroom accommodations that are available to your child!
Written by: Nicole Filiberti LCSW
It's that time of year again when parents have a chance to sit down with their child's teacher to check in on how the school year has been going thus far. This is crazy to believe, since it seems like just yesterday was the transition from summer to school year and the sun was beaming down on us, and flip flops were appropriate footwear!
The parent teacher conference is a wonderful opportunity for a parent to voice any concerns they may have, to check in on their child's social-emotional well-being in the school environment, and to clear up any confusion about homework policies.
Here are a few tips to help your parent teacher conferences be productive and worthwhile.
1. Preparation is key.
Parent teacher conferences are often time limited, so prepare for the conference by jotting down any concerns or questions you have ahead of time. This will save you time during the conference and will avoid that annoying "oh I forgot to ask about that" thought occurring on your drive home. In addition to your child's academics, consider asking questions regarding your child's socialization and self-advocacy skills.
Let these questions guide your conference so you have the information regarding your child’s main areas of functioning within the classroom
2. Bring documentation
Fill up a folder with work samples, homework assignments, print outs of grading data, etc. Having these documents handy is crucial when discussing progress and achievement, and will help identify areas of weakness for your child. Being able to pinpoint specific skills that your child could use some extra assistance and reinforcement in will help alleviate these struggles. In addition to bringing in documentation, it's also a great idea to bring a notepad or laptop in order to jot down notes of your own. This will help you remember what was discussed and serve as a guide for future reference.
3. Ask what you can do at home
The home-school connection is critical for the success of our youngsters. Opening up a discussion with your child's teacher on what things you could address at home will enhance your child's learning and help reinforce positive school behavior. Asking questions like "is my child working up to her full potential?" can help initiate a discussion regarding learning styles and work habits. These can be carried over into the home.
After the conference, sit down with your child and share your child’s areas of strengths and weaknesses. Review any pertinent information and be sure to share the positives that were shared with you. Showing your child that you and the teacher are working together as a team will help strengthen the connection between home and school.
WDHA Radio Show, School-Based Anxiety, October 11th 2018
The beginning of the school year can be exciting for children. After the honeymoon period ends, their stress and anxiety may become more difficult for them to manage.
Dr. Liz Matheis spoke on WDHA with host Tom Woods about school-based anxiety. They discuss the school transition, adjustment periods, and the difficulties children experience with them. Dr. Liz talks about the variety of signs that you may see in your children, how to talk to your children about their stress, and ways to support your child!
Dr. Liz Matheis
Dr Liz Matheis and her team specialize in assisting children and their families with Anxiety, Autism, AD/HD, Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Struggles