We are happy to introduce our new bilingual assessment team member -
Martha Purvis, M.Ed, Educational Diagnostician.
We are so pleased that Martha has chosen to join our little team! She has worked in the areas of bilingual and special education for 17 years and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise.
I just completed the Darkness to Light - Stewards of Children - online training. As someone who has taken numerous courses on child sexual abuse, I have to say that this course vastly exceeded my expectations. While the online course was free of charge, I was so moved that I felt compelled to make a donation to the organization.
I highly recommend this course for parents, teachers, coaches, counselors....anyone who works with children.
If you'd like to make a donation or find out how you can advocate, please visit the Darkness to Light website. I've included the link below.
When I"m asked to complete an educational evaluation, one of the first questions I ask parents is when they first noticed their child struggling. By this time, they are able to provide example after example of how their child has fallen behind or has become discouraged in school. Often, parents tell me that they delayed taking action because they weren't sure what to do or who to contact. Sometimes, parents will tell me that they feel guilty because they didn't see the signs sooner.
Recently, I came across an article about this very topic. I'm including a link to the article below. I hope you find it helpful.
7 Warning Signs Your Child is Struggling in School
Have questions about how to get help for your child? Please contact me.
October 15, 2018
Effective Special Education Services for Students with Autism
presented by the Arc of Greater Houston
DATE AND TIME:: Mon, October 15, 2018, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
LOCATION: The Harris Center, 9401 Southwest Freeway, Room 104, Houston, TX 77074
Because I work with mostly school-age children, and I do a lot of school-based assessments, I tend to be the busiest during the school year. While I'm very grateful for summer breaks, by August 1st, I'm ready to get back to work and meet more amazing kiddos and their families. It's funny that, as an adult, I'm excited for school to start. When I was a kid, I really dreaded it! (That's a story for another time! )
In the meantime, I'd like to share a few articles about getting your kids ready for school. I hope you find them helpful.
Autism Speak E-Newsletter. Click here to view.
KidsHealth - Going Back to School. Click here to view.
- Jennifer Barranco, MA, LPC, LSSP
As I reflect on my career, I realize that I have been working with individuals with autism for over a decade now. I've had the unique and humbling experience of working with children who were being diagnosed for the very first time, adolescents making their way through middle and high school, and young adults transitioning to college or work life. While we, as educators and mental health professionals, have learned so much over the years - about how to identify autism and how to help - we still have such a long way to go. This is why I have decided to advocate for individuals with autism and do what I can to raise awareness.
This is my second year participating in the Autism Speaks Houston Walk. Last year, Jason and I were volunteers. This year, I'm walking to raise funds for the mission of Autism Speaks – to fuel innovative research and make connections to critical lifelong supports and services for the autism community. I invite you to join in and make an impact for people living with autism.
If you'd like to participate in the walk, you can register at
If you'd like to help me reach my fundraising goals, please visit my fundraising page at
This year's two-day session agenda includes some interesting topics related to psycho-educational report writing, executive functioning skills, counseling, Functional Behavioral Assessments/Behavior Intervention Plans, syndromes/anomalies/spectrum disorders, best practices for assessment and identification of autism, and social communication disorders.
Houston Walk Now for Autism Speaks
Mark you calendars for the 2016 Houston Autism Speaks Walk Now event. The date is Sunday, September 18th at Minute Maid Park.
Come volunteer with me!