Educational specialists have a unique role at Child & Family Development.
They work closely with psychologists and other developmental therapists to understand the learning needs of school-aged children, adolescents and young adults during psycho-educational evaluations.
Educators provide a variety of treatment services including:
- Academic Coaching
- College Placement, Preparation and Application Process
- Educational Therapy
- End-Of-Grade (EOG) Preparation
- Organizational Skills
- Orton-Gillingham based services
- School Placement and Transitions
- School Project Support
- Schoolwork/ Homework Help and Planning
- Social Skills Support
- Summertime Academic Intensives
- Many specialty groups....
We help kids, adolescents and young adults with difficulties including but not limited to:
- ADHD and other attention difficulties
- Learning Differences and Disabilities
- Non-Verbal Learning Disorder
We provide direction and support in determining and meeting the learning needs of every student, from elementary school to the college years. We assist parents in identifying and addressing initial concerns and then developing comprehensive recommendations to move forward, often including Individualized Education Plan (IEP) development with the public school system. Educators also collaborate with schools and community agencies and offer follow-up meetings as parents proceed with their plans. Services can include direct treatment, assessment, consultation and parent advocacy.
Our team offers diagnostic education therapy. Most kids have weekly appointments, but intensive and consultative sessions are also available.
Both the Educator and the Psychologist are often part of our comprehensive Evaluation Process.
Often, parents of young children inquire about school readiness. We recommend this service for ALL children ages 4-6 years old, prior to beginning a formal kindergarten experience. It provides valuable information to teachers and parents on school readiness, learning styles, appropriate learning environments, and developmental strengths and weaknesses.
Educational Services Staff
Jessica DeLing, M.Ed.
, earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with Minor in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Education, with duel certification in general and special education, at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. Jessica began her career as an Assistant Intervention Team Specialist, where she helped create and facilitate academic and behavioral intervention teams in elementary and middle schools within the district. Jessica and her family relocated to Charlotte in 2006 and, during 6 years at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
, she worked at was a second grade teacher, a special education teacher and a compliance facilitator. In addition to teaching resource and inclusion classes, Jessica managed all evaluation paperwork, ensuring that individual student needs were being met in accordance with federal laws and mandates. She acted as a liaison between parents, general education teachers, and administrators to ensure individual student success. Jessica is a member of the National Association of Special Educators and was recognized by CMS for obtaining exceptional student growth. She is certified in the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading.
In the past few years, she has attended many professional development courses focusing on Executive Function skills and works with many students in the area as they manage the various expectations of school. In addition, Jessica has presented at several school-based speaking engagements, including professional development for teachers, parent forum and community events. She believes that it is important to focus on children’s strengths to promote confidence and encourage success. She is based at the Midtown office. > Read more about Jessica on the C&FD blog
Mary 'Mo' Froneberger, M.A.T.
, received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In addition, she holds a graduate certificate in Special Education and a North Carolina Teaching License for Learning Disabled. In addition to her tenure at C&FD, her professional experience includes work as a Diagnostician and an Exceptional Children’s Teacher in the public schools. Mo especially enjoys the diagnostics of learning disabilities including testing and evaluation of dyslexia, dysgraphia and other learning disabilities. She also has expertise in special education law and enjoys consulting with families to help them better understand the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Individualized Education Programs (IEP), and school accommodations. Moreover, Mo has knowledge of local resources for students with learning disabilities including public and private schools. Since 2006, Mo is based at the Pineville office.> Read more about Mo on the C&FD blog
Marie Pacini, M.A.T.
, is a National Board Certified Teacher. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She was a teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools where she taught several grade levels, as well as participated in middle school resource/inclusion and the Specialized Academic Curriculum classroom for students with significant intellectual disabilities. Marie’s areas of focus include, but are not limited to, assessment, reading and written expression disorders, multi-sensory learning styles, and the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. She leads our "Strive For Five" program that assists students in preparing for End-Of-Grade (EOG) assessments. She has extensive training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading. She is trained to work with children of all school-ages implementing this research-based method. In addition to Orton-Gillingham, she offers individualized tutoring that helps children excel throughout all other academic domains. Marie believes every child deserves the opportunity to love learning and it is her passion to instill that in each child she works with. She is based at the Pineville office. > Read more about Marie on the C&FD blog