SPECIALIZED in LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION: Spanish, English and Composition.
* I have extensive study and teaching experience with Spanish, including extensive travel in Latin America and living 10 years in South America. I love the language, have many teaching tricks, and inspire others to learn it!
* English is my second subject area passion, my tutoring skills spanning all the Language Arts.
CREDENTIALED in SPECIAL EDUCATION: For Elementary, Middle and High School students
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These acronyms have used for so long without reference to their meaning, it might be good to start by referring to what these letters refer to. ADD stands for Attention Deficit Disorder, and ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. As "disorders", like "syndromes" and many conditions identified with the final letter "itis" (tonsillitis for example) the name refers to a symptomatic observation, not a condition of known cause. In the case of ADD/ADHD, there is much room for interpretation of observations, which are concerned with lack of attention to certain tasks, and difficulty maintaining physical composure in certain circumstances. Ultimately doctors, in particular psychiatrists and neurologists have the greatest diagnostic authority, while licensed professionals such as psychologists and LCSW's (licensed clinical social worker) also typically make such a diagnosis. The primary difference being treatment models: doctors are authorized to prescribe medication, psychologists and LCSW's focus on educational and a broader range of life factors.
Treatment of this condition, which commonly includes medication (typically stimulants) remains controversial given that the condition is principally identified by observed behavior, rather than being a medical condition. Because of the behavioral basis for identifying ADD/ADHD, "treatment" is mostly educational "intervention", and as such, falls into the expertise of teachers of Special Education and/or psychologists and licensed counselors.
I am a special education teacher, trained, credentialed and experienced in working with children of this diagnostic label, as well as being a team member with other professionals. I take as broad an approach as each individual circumstance allows, an approach that begins with consideration of the child as an individual.