Julie C Schrag
Special Education Consultant


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Services for Children
"In the end, it all comes to choices to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones."
~ Amber Frey
Steps to Success through a Strength Based Approach: This is the process I use while providing specialized instruction to develop your child's skills, improve coping, and move towards independence: 
  1. Identify and prioritize the barriers your child experiences
  2. Identify and utilize your child's strengths and interests
  3. Set appropriate goals that address areas of strength and challenge
  4. Break skills into teachable components
  5. Monitor and adjust teaching methods, while reporting to you regularly 
  6. Reach mastery and generalize skills to new settings and people 
  7. Maintain skills over time 

When teaching your child new skills, your involvement is required to varying degrees along the way.  Your child benefits when all adults use the same practices so it is necessary that we collaborate with your current support team or develop a team for your child.

Based on Your Child's Issues: Barriers to learning and opportunities impact children with special needs daily.  These barriers can be complex, rooted in neurology, physiology, and psychology.  Obtaining a diagnosis assists parents in gaining a better understanding of some common barriers related to the diagnosis and can act as a needed road map for a treatment plan.  However, barriers are also found in our world, communities, and in relationships ... and these must be addressed as well.
Understanding and managing the multiple internal and external barriers that "get in the way" of your child's daily functioning is at the core of developing skills and independence for success.  

Barriers are actually my guides for instruction, not roadblocks. They are a part of the process that I meet with determination and excitement while respecting your child's unique personality, perceptions, and learning sytem. 
Examples of barriers that your child and you may face are:
  • Fears and Anxiety
  • Emotional Dis-Regulation and Rage
  • Difficulties with Transitions, Routines, Waiting and Flexibility 
  • Special Interests Taking Over 
  • Impulsivity, Distractability, Inattentiveness 
  • Lack of Social-Emotional Understanding, Skills, and Friendships 
  • Communication Difficulties 
  • Academic Learning and Exectutive Functioning Issues
  • Sensory Differences and Physical Limitations
  • Frustration/Confusion with Environmental factors
  • Frustration/Confusion with family, friends, and care providers

Utilizing Multiple Strategies: High expectations, empathy, and respected methods and curriculum are used to empower your child:  

  • Visual systems and schedules
  • Video modeling
  • Social stories, comics, social scripts, and other visual thinking tools   
  • Social understanding, social skill building, role-playing 
  • Checking for evidence, asking good questions, making predictions
  • Organizational tools
  • Sensory and emotional regulation management and evaluation
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Positive Behavioral Support
  • 'Social Thinking' & 'Superflex' 
  • 'Collaborative Problem Solving'
  • 'CAT-Kit' 
  • 'The Incredible 5 Point Scale' & 'The Anxiety Curve' 
  • 'Floortime'
  • 'How Does Your Engine Run' ... and more
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