After giving birth to my son, I left Schenck School and my full-time position and began to build my own learning disabilities tutorial service. I further refined my business while raising my second child who is dyslexic and hyperactive. As the mother of a child who has an expressive language disorder, word retrieval problems and is ADHD, I had to learn on the job how to parent and guide such a child with learning difficulties. My organizational skills were truly tested when I returned to school to get my masters degree in Community Counseling while continuing to see children in my practice as well as raise two small children of my own.
The same year that my son graduated Emory University, my daughter was accepted to and received a partial academic scholarship from a fine, liberal arts college where she is studying psychology. This same child who in grade school could not string words together to create a logical, meaningful sentence is now a prolific songwriter and poet and the author of over 400 songs. The experience of successfully guiding her to adulthood makes me uniquely qualified to educate parents about their children.
An update on my daughter brings news of great accomplishment. After seven hard years, she just graduated on the Dean's List by working and attending class part time. Upon celebrating her graduation she told me that this diploma represented her greatest achievement to date and that it would have been impossible to have accomplished without the support of tutors, accomodations, and my help editing papers. As I have always believed, our kids are special and very often in need of ongoing support during many stages of their lives. There is no quick fix as they are a long term project.
Since I am a special needs tutor who tutors many children with special needs on site at their schools during the school day, I get an insider's view of the school's curriculum and philosophy. I can ascertain the teachers' flexibility and willingness to make accomodations for different learning styles. I use this knowledge to help families determine which school would be the best fit for their child.
I can be found every day beginning at 3:00 in my office and working into the evening hours tutoring children with dyslexia and dysgraphia.
Nancy Lindenbaum, M.S.