It's heartbreaking for parents to know that their child
feels this way about themselves and to watch them suffer in this way. But,
these are not just the feelings expressed by students with AD/HD, Asperger's
or Executive Functioning Challenges.
They are also the feelings expressed by you, their parents.
Because of their unique learning differences, students with AD/HD, Asperger's, or Executive Functioning Challenges, run the risk of being labeled as "problem-students", "oppositional", "lazy" or "unmotivated".
Sometimes they are lumped together with other, more seriously "challenged" students, both cognitively and emotionally. Or, they're passed from one program to another by professionals who, although well intentioned, don't fully understand their particular needs. From an early age these students get the message that there is something wrong with them, that they are failures, and that they should be ashamed of their inability to keep up with their peers.
As a parent, you feel the same way. (In fact, you may have been accused of "micromanaging" your child or being "overprotective". You may have even been referred to as a "helicopter parent").
- You may feel lost as to how to best motivate your child to perform at their potential.
- You may feel like a failure because you don't know how to help your child succeed.
- You may feel frustrated, confused and stressed to the breaking point by your child's inability to handle even some of the simplest tasks on their own, such as their morning routine or doing their homework.
Without the proper help, your feelings of helplessness
can turn to anger, or even, desperation. You watch yourself become more
anxious and demanding as your child spirals downward in a viscous cycle
of poor follow-through, falling grades, and a lack of motivation. You question
if they're going to be able to function successfully and lead a happy, fulfilled
life once they are out on their own in the real world.
It's frustrating - in fact, downright painful - when you know your child has such potential, yet you can't find someone who can help them unlock it.
What your child needs is a mentor. Someone who is in their corner. Someone who understands them, understands their needs, and what they are going through. Someone who has the training and expertise to provide them the customized strategies and intensive support they need in order to succeed. Someone who can help put the wind in their sails.
They need someone like me.
I created the to help students struggling with AD/HD, Asperger's, or Executive Functioning Challenges. My background, education and experience make me uniquely qualified to understand the mentality, needs, and opportunities for students with these challenges. And, I excel at creating unique specialized programs to help them succeed where others fail.
Well, I could tell you that I have AD/HD myself, and that I've spent my entire life learning how to overcome the unique challenges, frustrations, and shame associated with this condition.
I could also tell you that I am the parent of one child with AD/HD and executive functioning challenges and another with High Functioning Autism. As such, I understand the frustrations, the fears, and the exasperation both you and your child experience on a daily basis. I also know the exhilaration that comes when you discover how to get through to your child and help them succeed.
But those aren't the main reasons you need to work with me.
I've spent over 20 years researching, taking classes, and working with students with AD/HD, Asperger's and Executive Functioning challenges, all in the name of creating a curriculum to help them best learn how to learn and live independently.
I've dedicated my life to determining the best way to unlock the potential within each student. I understand the various components involved and the multi-modal approach that must be followed in order for our students to succeed. I utilize research based, proven effective learning strategies. I conduct my work from the mindset of using whatever best resource exists at hand to help them succeed. And, I personally work to tweak those strategies, even going so far as to individually tailor them to meet the needs of a particular student, if need be.
is dedicated to helping your child succeed in the mainstream. I want to keep them in school, with their peers, and without the feelings of failure or alienation. It is my intention to help each student who comes through SAIL Institute to become more independent, self-confident, and in control of their education and their life.
Let me finish with this: There is no magic pill to helping your child.
The secret to helping your child succeed comes from finding the strategies that coincide with their unique, individual learning style. is dedicated to discovering how your child works best. From there, I can help them to unlock their potential. With time your child's confidence, competence, and independence will grow.
And nothing beats the satisfaction of watching them sail!
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