What advice would you give to a family who is on the fence about signing up for a learning assessment (or counseling/therapy)?
One thing I have learned in my career is that most children with learning differences do not have a growth mindset nor do they have confidence in their ability to perform academically. Part of getting support and doing intervention doesn’t just help them succeed in the classroom, but also motivates them to love learning as well as create confidence. I would start with that, but then give real examples of when intervention was successful. Support can be hard to justify with price and schedule, but it is beneficial because it will help eliminate obstacles in the classroom by teaching and executing strategies they can use independently. It also allows for them to recognize how they learn, what motivates them to do well, and how to perform taught concepts independently. I feel it is so important to build personal relationships in this environment with the students and get to know likes, dislikes, talents, challenges, and the learning style that best suites them. By creating these relationships, you create a safe environment that is full of trust and mutual respect which also provides sessions that are based on each student's abilities and interests.
Why are you passionate about helping students with learning differences?
I am passionate about helping others with learning differences because too often schools focus on where their weakness lies instead of capitalizing on their strengths and motivating growth. I truly believe that building upon weaknesses in a positive way will create confidence where it was not seen before. In a whole class setting they can feel defeated because they are not able to keep pace with their peers and/or fall behind for lack of understanding of content because they learn differently. Those challenges create gaps in learning, and I believe that when those gaps are recognized students will excel. All students can succeed regardless of their challenges, and I strive to inspire children to ignite their imaginations and want to instill in them a love of learning.
More about Erin:
I love spending time outdoors and being active when I am not working. We are a family who loves bike rides in the summer and skiing in the winter. From hiking and zip-lining to gardening and golfing, it is all an adventure. I will try it all! When I am not outdoors or exercising, you can find me cooking, reading, or just spending time with my husband, kids, dog, and friends. I love to learn and will find creative ways to continue to do so.