What advice would you give to a family who is on the fence about signing up for a learning assessment (or counseling/therapy)?
Go for it! It is ok. You are a great parent, and that does not change if you and your child may need to support of other folks. It can be daunting, but please remember that the team (you, your child, support services, etc.) is meant to be collaborative and visionary in supporting your child (and you) along their journey. Never hesitate to lay out your concerns, advocate, question, and all of the things in between. You know your child best, and your perspective is invaluable in how we serve them.
Why are you passionate about helping students with learning differences?
Our understanding of who we are is shaped so heavily by those that we are around, and I want to be a voice that they hear long after they leave my class that says "I am more than enough, I deserve love, kindness, goodness, and the opportunity to be just who I want to be."
What would you say to someone who is very anxious about learning problems in school?
You are more than enough right now. You are amazing! No amount of learning challenges, differences, preferences, time -anything- changes that. If you have people who help support you in your learning challenges, it is not only ok, but it is encouraged that you let them know when things are hard, when things seem to be helping, or when they need to make changes to best support you. We want you to have good experiences with school, and in life, and will do our best to make sure we support you in that journey.