- These labels often only describe symptoms while suggesting that they actually reflect an underlying cause.
- They don’t help us improve how we work with students, and they certainly don’t empower the students to become more engaged learners. In other words, they don’t instill a sense of hope and optimism.
- They often pathologize a symptom in a way that is easy to generalize. For example, it’s not uncommon for a child with a diagnosis to feel globally defective.
- The label doesn’t take into account that a symptom can be negative in one context but positive in another. They also do nothing to elucidate and validate a child’s strengths.
So if your child has been labeled but hasn't gotten the help she needs or if you're ending the school year with no answers and a lot of stress, now is the time to get help. Luckily Hodgson Educational Consulting offers a summer program too!
As an educator and clinician of 17 years with her Masters in Education, Elizabeth has worked with students ranging in age from 6-22, with a variety of learning strengths and challenges.
In addition to conducting assessments and guiding the learning of students and their parents, Elizabeth creates and provides training on how to identify brain functions as strengths or challenges, as well as how to best support their development, and collaborates with others in related fields—therapists, doctors, Ed Tech designers, education advocates, etc—to coordinate care, develop and test programs, and share current research and thinking.
During the school year, Elizabeth conducts assessments, creates learning plans, consults with the child's teachers and advocates for the student, then gives one on one support and personalized training as well as holds workshops on a variety of learning topics.
As someone who struggled with learning disabilities herself, I'm happy to say that there is an alternative! Elizabeth Hodgson has dedicated her life to educational assessment, consulting, and advocacy. Her group Hodgson Educational Consulting doesn't deal in standardized testing; rather, she assesses the underlying brain functions of learning and behavior in a much more dynamic way that is more geared toward the development of a child's metacognition and real understanding of that child's brain strengths and weaknesses for the adults who work with him/her. There is nothing canned or computer generated; everything is created specifically for each child - the assessment, the learning plan, the follow-up support, and more.
"I love Elizabeth Hodgson, who, without question, changed the trajectory of my daughter's education, gave me insights into her as a learner and a person that I never would have had in any other way, and transformed my parenting. My daughter has become a new learner which is nothing short of a miracle."
- V.T., Parent of a 5th grader
"Elizabeth is a very skilled clinician, teacher, and advocate for students. As a clinician, she has developed superb skills at “diagnosing” the neurodevelopmental underpinnings of learning by observing students’ work in authentic learning environments. She does this while engaging students in dialogue about her observations, and while soliciting their input on their perceptions of their own learning. Her belief that all students can learn and her genuine passion for supporting them to do so is felt by all who work with her. She is expert at establishing rapport and quickly developing trusting relationships with others, resulting in her skill in turning anxious, recalcitrant, and/or unmotivated/disengaged students into active, empowered participants in their learning."
-Dr. Beth Briere, Pediatrician & Neurodevelopmentalist
"Our two daughters have worked with Elizabeth for almost 10 years, from elementary school all the way into college. Her goal, from day one, has been to help our girls find success. Through testing and conferencing, Elizabeth's expertise and knowledge helps our children learn about themselves and identify their strengths and weaknesses. In addition to the continuous support for our girls, Elizabeth extends her support and shares her insights with us and our girls' teachers. This helps everyone better understand how our daughters learn, and how best to serve their educational needs. Because of this, our children are successful, more confident and are strong advocates for themselves."
Beginning the week of June 29th, Elizabeth and her team of vibrant educators will lead 5 weeks of small group camps designed to empower rising 1st - 6th graders with stronger reading and spelling skills.
There are a variety of times to suit all schedules, and children are split into age groups as well as the level of training they need, from Intensive Growth to Sustaining Growth to Skill Refresher. Additionally, if your child needs one on one time, they offer individual 1 hr sessions.
Hodgson Educational Consulting camps are designed to build many aspects of brain functioning at once thereby helping your child develop their reading decoding and spelling skills and find greater success. With fun multisensory strategies focused to leverage and activate each of the brain functions associated with learning, reading decoding and spelling skills can skyrocket! As a result of such success, your child will develop their academic skills, self-esteem and confidence, and self-awareness. Licensed teachers trained in the model and program will lead small groups of children (3 - 5 total) in a variety of fun exercises designed to engage a child’s interest and leverage multiple brain strengths. Students will be encouraged to move while learning as well as utilize the provided technology (iPads).
Elizabeth is offering SoDu posse members a $20 discount on any individual or group camp. Just write SODU in the message field of the registration form when you sign up.
$20 off equals one free day of camp for the intensive sessions, so this is a great deal!
Enroll today at http://www.hodgsoneducationalconsulting.com/#!summercamp2015/cwcm
and see what a difference the right help can make
with Hodgson Educational Consulting!