Maria Turner

I have worked with children both in public schools and the private sector over the past twenty years. I am knowledgeable with various cognitive, language, academic, adaptive, and social-emotional assessment tools in remote and in-person platforms. My specialty areas include early literacy development, addressing the social-emotional needs of students in both the elementary and preschool settings, and supporting children with learning disabilities and developmental delays.

I am a bilingual licensed as a school psychologist through the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California. I received my bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders from San Diego State University in 2002, my master’s degree in School Psychology from the National University in 2007. I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Infant and Early Childhood Development with an emphasis on mental health and developmental disorders from Fielding Graduate University.


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Why are you passionate abut supporting students with learning differences?

I am passionate about giving children their childhood back despite their learning and emotional/behavioral disorders. I believe in early intervention and providing children with the tools necessary to overcome their learning challenges.

What would you say to someone who is anxious about school because of their learning differences?

I understand your angst. My son Maddox has a diagnosis of AD/HD and Anxiety Disorder. At first, the diagnosis was overwhelming; however, once he understood how he best learns, he felt empowered. Understanding your learning challenges will help you identify how to learn best.

What gets you excited about Parallel?

The Parallel Learning organization will provide me the opportunity to reach out to families and children that are unable to receive a neurodevelopmental assessment despite social-economic status.

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