Debra S.
College Planning/Preparation, Writing, and Learning Differences
7 ratings
West Chester, PA (19382)
Travel Radius 25 miles
Hourly Fee $ 75.00
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School is a student's job, and helping to ensure their success is the basis for our work together. Working with students from middle school through college graduation, my key areas of focus include: Writing -- one of the most important school and life skills, yet many students struggle with the process. Whether a research paper or a college application essay, being able to express thoughts and ideas clearly, creatively, and logically will be our focus. Showing a teen that writing can be f...


  • ACT Reading


    My work with children, teens, and college students with ADD/ADHD includes ensuring school accommodations are in place and being implemented, and working on organizational and study strategies which are key areas for school success. These executive function skills are critical for work completion, meeting deadlines, planning, breaking assignments into manageable sections, and time management.

  • Aspergers

    I have worked with children and teens with Asperger's Syndrome for over 15 years. This includes ensuring school services and supports are in place, providing 1:1 assistance with executive functioning (e.g. organization, planning) and study skills, and developing at-home strategies to support learning and skills development. I also support and work with students transitioning to and in college from the college application process to securing accommodations through the offices of disability services.

  • autism

    Along with expertise in Asperger's Syndrome, my broader expertise is autism spectrum disorders under which Asperger's Syndrome falls. I have supported students and their parents from an educational perspective, collaborated with educators, clinicians, and therapists, and helped to develop educational plans to meet the unique learning needs of these students. Advanced training in diverse learning styles, IEPs, evaluations, behavior, social skills, and executive functioning is part of my background.

  • career development

    Working with high school students includes conducting individualized interest inventories, assessing areas of strength and interest, and working to develop skills geared toward employment (e.g. resume preparation, interviewing skills). This also includes assisting with the college preparation process and working with college students as an adjunct to their career services department so that post-secondary education choices help to meet each student's anticipated career goals.

  • college counseling

  • English

  • grammar

  • marketing

    Prior to my transition into education, my professional work focused on marketing communications. This included developing strategic marketing plans, creating marketing programs including collaborating with advertising agencies, handling marketing outreach including public relations, and spearheading the external marketing efforts for businesses ranging from Fortune 50 companies to small businesses. My familiarity with social media and related current marketing approaches and strategies is strong as are my writing and overall business skills.

  • SAT writing

  • special needs

  • study skills

  • vocabulary

  • writing

  • ADHD

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Rate & Offer

25 miles
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