Brenda Mann MA Ed-Educator with over 25 years of experience and Mom who “GETS IT”
Educating in both public and private schools for over 20 years I saw a tremendously disappointing number of parents whose children were struggling but didn’t know how to help them in school. I was not allowed to suggest a possible diagnosis of ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, or Mood Disorders, as I am not a medical doctor. Unfortunately, doctors usually can’t see the symptoms of these disorders in their office while teachers are not trained to diagnose this disorder and are often not aware of how these disorders impact school success. Sadly, the parents who were doing everything they knew to do at home to support their child, were “masking” the effects of the disability by their intense amount of support at home. Often their support was useless, as it did not transfer to school success, as the parents were not educated in proper home supports and necessary school collaboration. Their efforts, although not fully successful, actually kept their children from receiving additional supports in school. Had these parents known how to properly advocate for their child, there were many supports their child should have received, but often not offered by their school.
My Goal For Families and Children
My goal is to support and enrich the unique academic, behavioral, emotional, and social progress of children who are struggling, behaviorally or academically. A major focus for my families is creating a positive connection between home and school. The goal is for families to find the appropriate professional supports and strategies to aid their child’s needs and “bridge the gap” between parents and professional support. My passion is to educate parents in having a “disability perspective” to best guide their child. My experience, as a Mom and Educator who “gets it” allows me to coach children to do better both socially and academically.
Many WONDERFUL years of working to support children and their families
Elementary, Middle School and High School Remediation and General Education Teacher
Title 1 Educator
Remedial Literacy Summer School-First Grade
Created/Taught Middle School Summer Math and Language Arts Boot Camps and Summer Executive Function Skills Training Boot Camps(Parents involvement is required)
CHADD Parent to Parent Educator and Co-chair for Eastern Oakland County-(Children and Adults with ADHD)*
Parent Educator/Love and Logic
Creator/Educator-Empathy and Education for Educators and Families
Motor Moms & Dads
Handwriting Without Tears
CHADD is a nationally recognized authority and support for families living with ADHD using research-based techniques.