Educational Therapy Team
Educational Therapy Team
Shelby, M.M.F.T., Learning Specialist has over six years of experience working with children and families in community mental health, residential facilities, schools and homes. She received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (M.M.F.T.) at the University of Southern California (USC). She holds a B.S. in Family & Human Development and Business Marketing for Arizona State University. Further, Shelby developed her current interests as a Research Assistant at the Brain & Creativity Institute at USC where she built her knowledge on neurological basis for emotional behavior and socio-emotional perspectives through neuroimaging applications.
Her approach is grounded in compassion, mindfulness and social-emotional development. Shelby combines her mindful approach with the latest neuroscience findings to help children and families find a grounded, more cohesive way of living. With her understanding of neuroscience, she uses a social-emotional lens to help children and families to understand their own neuroplasticity- the brain’s ability to “rewire” itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Through further training in learning mechanisms and cognitive processes, Shelby has deep understanding of the process & development of learning, education and learning challenges. Using a multi-sensory approach to learning, she applies her understanding of perception, memory, cognition, executive functioning and attention to approach the whole-child. She believes working with all natural supports in the child’s life is important for growth in learning, education and overall development. Through Shelby’s grounded and whole-child approach, she seeks to grow the self-esteem, resilience, grit, awareness and well-being of the children and families she works with.
Jennifer, ET/A, M.S. Ed is a certified early childhood and early childhood special educator with over ten years of experience in education. Her work as a classroom teacher and tutor lead her to work as a consultant in Harlem, New York where she worked with students with special needs and their teachers to support their learning.
In 2012, she began her journey as a math educator through Bank Street College’s The Math Place Online, an online platform where adult learners were able to learn about algebra and fractions through an integrative teacher guided system. After moving to Los Angeles, she discovered her love for Educational Therapy, and completed her certificate in Educational Therapy from Cal State Northridge. Jennifer has worked with students in grades K-12 with dyslexia, executive function disorder, ADD and ADHD as well as math anxiety and dyscalculia. She recently completed training in the Wilson Reading System and uses a variety of programs including Lindamood Bell and Seeing My Time to help her students be successful.
Jennifer believes that all students, regardless of prior effort or challenge, can learn to be successful in school and beyond. She hopes that through her work as an educational therapist she can support students to become life long learners who are able to advocate for and believe in themselves.
Ann, ET/A, M.A. grew up in California, attending California State University, Northridge where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with honors, followed by a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Claremont Graduate University.
Ann then provided training at prestigious financial institutions and healthcare companies. After 9/11, Ann was moved to obtain her teaching credential and taught as a classroom and resource teacher for 12 years. She worked with many types of students, including special needs and gifted, while simultaneously raising her own special-needs and gifted children. Inspired by her personal and professional experiences, Ann then pursued a Master’s in Educational Therapy, which she completed with distinction. Concurrently, Ann worked with McGraw-Hill’s educational division, training teachers on how to best use state-of-the-art classroom resources. Ann has also received training in many literacy programs, including Lindamood-Bell’s Seeing Stars and Visualizing and Verbalizing.
Ann’s philosophy….. “Mistakes should be embraced and celebrated — mistakes are powerful educators. I facilitate learning by encouraging students to “own” their own successes. I believe students prosper in a safe, warm, rewarding environment, where they learn to “fish” for themselves, and become better able to face future challenges.”