At the age of 6, I was diagnosed with having a "specific learning disability" and spent the next 12 years in special education. Navigating through the special education maze is rather tricky, but I was able to make it through. I have since graduated with a B.S. in elementary education and a M.Ed. in special education. I worked as a regular and special education teacher in Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. For the past few years, I have worked as the Lead Evaluator for a non-profit agency in southeastern, Pennyslvania, where I evaluate and assess children for early intervention services. I also work as a consultant with early childhood professionals on ways they can successfully include children with learning disabilities and delays within their classrooms.
I have a wonderful 4-year-old son, Noah, who was diagnosed with verbal apraxia in the summer of 2009. Verbal apraxia is an oral motor condition that makes a child's speech very difficult to understand. However, through speech therapy, and diligently working with him each and every day, we have seen a lot of great progress! I am married to my wonderful and supportive wife, Kimberly, whom I am proud to say loves me unconditionally.
In addition to writing for AutismSpot as a feature blogger, I also enjoy publishing articles on both the local and natonal levels, in regards to all topics pertaining to special education and early childhood development. I have a deep passion for what I do, and it is my hope that you can benefit from my stories and experiences that I will share with you here on AutismSpot!
11/29/2007 - 15:20