I love working with families to find the right fit school and community for all their children. As I tell my client families, I am a local resource and spend hours and hours visiting schools, establishing relationships and, most importantly, learning. A few weeks ago I attended the Every Child Resource Fair sponsored by ParentMap Magazine at the University of Washington and I had the opportunity to meet smart, committed people, hear about their organizations, expand my resource list, and learn!
The event featured experts who focus on the many categories of atypical learners: ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, processing disorders, developmental delays, autism, Asperger’s and other spectrum learning differences. I met with over 20 different organizations and left the event with an increased understanding of all the resources available to families in the Seattle area. Seattle continues to lead on autism research and resources, ADHD services and support and is home to Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington - both leaders in the country for children's health.
The event concluded with ADHD expert Dr. Edward Hallowell, author of bestsellers Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction, providing a basic introduction to the world of attention deficit disorder. Dr. Hallowell discussed diagnosis and treatment in both children and adults and also explored the brain science and current research. Having both ADD and dyslexia himself, Dr. Hallowell spoke about the powers and gifts that come with having ADHD - the impact of ADHD on the family, and his life-long goal: to help people master the power of ADHD.
The Every Child Resource Fair showcased what Seattle has to offer for all families and their children. This event is just one of the many way I continue to learnand enables me to connect newly arrived families with the resources they need to call Seattle home.