I have over 35 years experience teaching bright, inquisitive children who are struggling with learning because of a “glitch” in the processing of information (sometimes referred to as a learning disability). I teach to the problems of these children, often including hyperactivity or attention/behavior problems with a unique way: to find the “solutions” to the problem(s), rather than to compensate for the problem.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota in 1966 and my Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1990.
My long-time passion is discovering the reason why children struggle with learning and behavior. I began my quest for the latest brain research concerning learning disabilities and their causes, with the belief that God has many solutions available that were previously little or unknown to both parents and teachers alike. I have traveled extensively to glean these bits of knowledge and began applying new techniques to struggling learners.
I created and began teaching the workshop “Brain Integration Therapy” in 1988 and have taught it to children, educators, psychologists, speech therapists, and occupational therapists. In 1993 I began teaching these life-changing concepts directly to parents so that they could also work with their children.
During the process of studying the brain and children’s learning, I created two more popular workshops: “Teaching Strategies for the Right Brain Child” and “The Biology of Learning (Behavior).” I have also taught these classes throughout the five-state region around Colorado.
I retired from teaching in 1997 after 25 years of working with bright and struggling learners but wanted to continue working with kids, so I started my private consulting firm, Child Diagnostics, Inc., in 1997. My inspiration was the unique method that I have developed to diagnose the cause of learning problems and it would be well served by teaching it to the parents of struggling, bright learners. The program not only consists of exercises to perform with children but also nutritional interventions.
I became a nutritionist after realizing that there was another important puzzle piece to these struggling learners. In 1999 I became a Certified Nutritional Health Professional (CNHP) by Trinity College of Warsaw, Indiana. If a child’s biochemistry is upset and his nervous system is not responding correctly, it can make it look like he has focusing problems, auditory processing problems, and even dyslexia.
I live in Centennial, Colorado with my CPA husband, Ron, and run the private consultation practice, Child Diagnostics, Inc.