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 currently pursuing a master's degree in family therapy. Furthermore, I have successfully completed Parenting Mojo's specialized course in attachment, trauma, and neurodiversity, 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, neurodiversity, and executive functioning. This fascination motivated me to dive into current research, exploring practices that empower my students and their families to overcome challenges and foster confidence.
Through this transformative journey, I gained a personal understanding of neurodiversity, uncovering the neurodiversity within my own family and myself. This personal connection ignites my passion for advocating for the needs of the neurodiverse population, embracing their 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 full potential 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 neurodiversity, it is essential to find strategies and accommodations that level the playing field and celebrate the unique strengths that come with it.
Addressing needs with a top-down approach is akin 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 research-backed and data-driven techniques employed by parents, teachers, and professionals can sometimes create conflicts. If you've experienced confusion or frustration when these methods didn't align with 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. Faulty neuroception, where the body and brain misinterpret safety or threat cues, can underlie many labels and disorders. It highlights the complexity of how individuals perceive and respond to their surroundings, sometimes detecting threats in safe situations or perceiving safety in risky ones.
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.
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