Experience

Interactive Therapy LLC2011 to Present

Elizabeth started her business in January of 2011 to focus on using iPads as tools to help children and young adults improve their communication skills, community awareness, self-motivation, and overall independence. Prior to her time as an iPad evangelist to the special-needs community, she has worked as an educator for many years.

Classroom Support 2005 to Present

Offer additional assistance to educators and students when working with special-needs children in a school setting. Assist teachers in adjusting curriculum to maximize learning opportunities. Work to socially “bridge” special-needs and typically developing students and aid students and teachers in providing social and academic cues to kids with special needs. Raise awareness of existing strengths and weaknesses in all members of the classroom community, and provide ideas for modifying behavior and environment to better facilitate growth and development.

Parenting Consultant 2001 to Present

Provide parents of typically developing and special-needs children with practical short and long-term solutions to challenges encompassing all aspects of development. Facilitate children’s social, motor, and cognitive growth while providing support and clear goals for parents. Draw from extensive experience and education to guide parents in adapting their own natural parenting styles to better meet the demands of their own children’s temperament.

Social Facilitator 1998 to Present

Facilitated supervised playdates designed to help children learn to read non-verbal cues, initiate play, and feel more comfortable making and sustaining friendships. These types of activities were designed to help children develop social awareness and enhanced abilities to connect with other children.

Tutoring 1998 to Present

Through one-on-one focused intervention, helped childen learn cognitive skills to supplement their school curriculums and the programs generated by their therapists. Worked closely with children to understand their unique learning methods and adapted curriculums to fit individual their individual needs without compromising official lesson plans.

Instructor and Trainer 2001 to 2004

Led parent and teacher workshops in a variety of settings for both large and small groups. Specific workshops include: Transitions that Work for Young Children; Encouragement vs. Praise; Art, Your Child, Your Home and You; Dramatic Play for Young Children; Problem Solving: An Informed Approach. Have also led teacher in-service workshops on working with children affected by specific disabilities, including Prader-Willie Syndrome.

Teacher 1998 to 2000

Provided early childhood education at The Little School (http://www NULL.littleschool NULL.org/), one of the most prestigious full-inclusion preschools in San Francisco. Developed typical and emergent curriculum, created and implemented innovative art programs for all students, and led class meetings and special group activities including music, movement, and creative expression. Worked extensively with special-needs students, including those with cerebral palsy, sensory integration disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder (including autism).

Art Instructor 1996 to 2000

Created and taught private home based art classes for four years San Francisco. Projects were designed to foster creative expression and divergent thinking, as well as, basic color theory, form, texture and other fundamental of art.

Play Group Coordinator and Teacher 1996 to 1998
Assistant Teacher, Glen Park Preschool, San Francisco 1995 to 1996
Children Exhibits Staff, Los Angles Children’s Museum, Los Angeles 1994 to 1995

Education

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA 1995 to 1997
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology
Graduated Cum Laude
Classes focused on psycholinguistics, early child behavior and development

Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA 1993 to 1995
Associate Arts Degree
Classes focused on art and early childhood education

Continued education at San Francisco City College, Portland State University and Portland City College

Volunteer Experience

Seattle Audubon Society 2005 to Present
Childcare provider, Santosha Yoga, Seattle, WA 2005 to 2006
Teacher’s aide, San Luis Obispo Child Development Center 1989 to 1990

Additional Professional and Community Activities

CPR and First Aid Certified 2010
Presented “Encouragement vs. Praise” and 2001 and 2003
“Transitions that Work for Young Children” at the annual OAEYC conference.

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