What advice would you give to a family who is on the fence about signing up for a learning assessment (or counseling/therapy)?
When I have worked with families who are uncertain about pursuing support, I have found that it is most helpful to first carefully and patiently listen to them to understand their feelings around pursuing support. Once I better understand their feelings, I provide information supported by scientific research and clinical experience, answer any questions the family may have, offer additional resources, and make myself available to continue the conversation and/or establish supports when they feel ready.
What was your path to becoming a provider?
Like many school psychologists, I discovered the field of school psychology by happenstance. While chatting about my psychology, child, and school interests with the teaching assistant for my statistics lab, she shared that my interests seemed to align with a career in school psychology. I left that brief conversation eager to learn more, met with the school psychology program director at my undergraduate institution, applied to the EdS program, and graduated as a school psychologist 3 years later. With my passion for the field and my interest in diversifying my skill-set to further support learners and their families piqued, I eventually sought additional training and earned a PhD in school psychology.
What gets you excited about Parallel?
I am especially excited that the vision and mission of Parallel seem to align with my own beliefs and professional passions. In addition, I am excited that Parallel’s remote service delivery model significantly enhances access to services for students and families.