It is crucial to recognize that individuals who are gifted, who have learning disabilities, self-regulation and attention issues (like ADHD) and/or social difficulties that adversely affect them academically, often have skills and talents in other areas. These other abilities can be highlighted, encouraged and developed in the right environment.
In the Vancouver office, Sarah Howard provides private consultation to identify the most appropriate educational paths for students who learn differently. Sarah is familiar with a variety of public, private and alternative or gifted education options as well as remediation models, including the Orton Gillingham Method, Arrowsmith and other cognitive exercises, Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) and many others. She works in collaboration with Psychologists, Psychiatrists and various other specialists and agencies.
Consultation can include but is not limited to:
• Understanding educational psychological assessment: Mosaic works in collaboration with licensed BC Psychologists who administer full psycho-educational and neuropsychological assessments. Once an assessment is complete, a consultation meeting with parents can help “unpack” the meaning of assessment results including: the impact on school and home environment, planning for future education, understanding issues with organization, planning, time management and procrastination and understanding various forms of remediation.
• Transition planning – junior-to-senior school, senior school-to-post-secondary, post-secondary-to-work.
• Understanding an IEP (Individual Education Plan) – learning how to handle school meetings, learning how to advocate for your son or daughter at the school level.
• “Mosaic Education Planning” – designing a customized education plan based on an individual’s learning profile, educational needs and interests.
• Summary and integration for individuals who have had multiple assessments and would like to see the “big picture.”
• Parent coaching to support executive skills for parents who would like to know how to support their student’s executive skills at home and school (organization, planning, time management etc.)
• Referral to specific, targeted services in the community.