Drawing on over a decade of experience in nurturing children and families across Montessori, Waldorf, and public school environments, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my work. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in child development from Texas State University and am a graduate intern preparing to become a clinical mental health counselor. Furthermore, I have successfully completed Anu Family Service's specialized course in attachment, trauma, and neurodivergence, obtaining my certification as a parent coach.
During my time as a Gifted Specialist at Round Rock ISD, I developed a profound interest in pediatric brain development, neurodivergence, and executive functioning. This fascination motivated me to dive into current research, exploring practices that empowered my students and their families to overcome challenges and foster confidence.
Through this transformative journey, I gained a personal understanding of neurodiversity, uncovering the neurodivergence within my own family and myself. This personal connection ignites my passion for advocating for the needs of the neurodivergent population, embracing unique strengths, and approaching each person's journey with unwavering compassion.
My objective is to create a supportive and affirming space for individuals and families, guiding them to unlock their unique authenticity and attain meaningful growth and well-being. I firmly believe that one's true essence should not be compromised in order to thrive in this world.
Neurodiversity is not a problem to be fixed. It is an inherent part of who you are. In a world that may not always accommodate neurodivergence, it is essential to find strategies and accommodations that level the playing field while also celebrating and growing our unique strengths.
Addressing needs with a top-down approach is similar to applying a temporary fix that overlooks the underlying causes. To truly address the root issues, I advocate for a bottom-up approach to problem-solving. Although it may require more time and effort, the long-term impact and meaningful results make it a worthwhile endeavor.
Meeting individual needs cannot be confined to a one-size-fits-all approach. The multitude of data-driven techniques employed by parents, teachers, and other professionals can cause confusion or frustration when these methods don't support your family's needs. Know that you're not alone.
While teaching children better behavior is often emphasized by parenting experts, it is crucial to consider their neurodevelopmental readiness for such lessons. Building a strong foundation for supporting children involves prioritizing love, safety, connection, and coregulation with caring adults. These elements lay the groundwork for effective guidance and positive growth.
The intricate nature of human behavior involves various factors such as biology, neuroscience, genetics, trauma history, and environmental influences. We are processing 11 million bits of data unconsciously in every moment. A big part of what we are doing with that data is determining if we are safe or not. This is constantly happening even if it's not in our mind's conscious awareness.
I have embraced a lifelong dedication to self-discovery and personal growth. It is important to acknowledge that I am not flawless as an individual or as a parent. I continually strive to learn, evolve, and share my insights from my current stage of understanding.