Certified teacher in the state of Hawaii and International teaching experience. I teach and tutor students from Pre-K to college level. I believe in a student-centered tutoring environment, allowing optimal benefit to the student. Experience teaching general education students and also students with special needs....
I have been a certified special education teacher for the last 12 years in Hawaii. During this time, I worked with many students who were diagnosed with both ADD and ADHD. I also am writing my dissertation at this time for my Ph.D. in Special Education. At the current time, I am a District Autism Consultant Teacher and continue to observe students and adults with ADD/ADHD.
A condition characterized by severe problems of inattention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity. Once a person with ADHD/ADD begins a task, it is difficult for them to mentally switch to a new activity. There is not a simple diagnostic test for ADHD/ADD, but there is strong evidence linking neurological abnormalities to ADHD.
ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. To be diagnosed with ADHD the child must have symptoms before they are 7. a few of the symptoms of ADHD are:
-fidgeting and squirming in their seats and the inability to stay in their seat.
-Feelings of restlessness and a need to be always on the go.
-Excessive talking and interrupting others.
-Blurting out the answers before being called on for their turn.
ADD- Attention Deficit Disorder without the hyperactivity. Symptoms of ADD include:
-Carelessness and mistakes on assignments.
-Failure to follow through on tasks.
-Poor organization skills.
-Avoiding tasks that require a lot of mental effort.
-Poor organizational skills
One of 5 autistic spectrum disorders; a milder form autism without significant impairments in language and cognition; characterized by primary problems in social interaction.
Aspergers syndrome is often thought of as "High Functioning Autism," because the person may not have speech or cognitive delays.
The cause of Aspergers Syndrome is virtually unknown, but one thing we do know is that it is genetic. Even though a person with Aspergers Syndrome may have difficulty socially, they may have above average intelligence.
Qualifications: I was a special education teacher in the state of Hawaii from February 2001 until June 2012. Currently, I am a District Autism Consultant Teacher for the Central District of Oahu. Over the years, I taught many students who had Aspergers Syndrome.
I have been a special education teacher in the state of Hawaii for 11 years and 9 months, working with children with autism. Currently, I am a District Autism Consultant Teacher for the Central District on Oahu. I am writing my dissertation for my Ph.D. in special education with an emphasis on autism.
Autism is a pervasive developmental disability characterized by extreme withdrawal, cognitive deficits, language disorders, self-stimulation, and onset before the age of 30 months.
People diagnosed with autism have difficulty in three different areas:
---The person with autism may lack social skills. They may not respond when a person calls them by name. They lack empathy, and are unaware of others feelings. They have poor eye contact, and prefer to play alone.
---This person had specific routines and rituals and if they are disturbed at any time, chaos ensues. They may perform repetitive movements, such as hand-flapping or spinning. Also, sensory reactors are magnified. They may extremely sensitive to light, noise, or touch, yet they are somewhat oblivious to pain.
---The person with autism may have delayed speech or not speak at all. They may not look a person in the eye when they are talking to them.They can't start a conversation and keep it going. May use a different tone or rhythm when they speak. They may repeat words verbatim, but not understand what they mean. They sometimes do not seem to understand simple questions or directions.