Hi there. I’m Jeff and I’m a parent coach and early childhood special educator and am here to offer a helping hand so that you can feel more solid as a parent.
I have worked for the last 20 years in homes, schools, and clinics providing developmental and behavioral support to children and families from birth to age 5 with special needs. From providing Discrete Trial Therapy to designing a classroom for preschoolers with autism to supporting parents in a coaching capacity through early intervention services, I have devoted my life and career to supporting families to address the behavioral needs of their children.
I have participated in the following specialized training:
Bachelor of Arts: Psychology, Biola University
Master of Science: Special Education, Portland State Unversity
Certified Positive Discipline Parent Training with Steven Foster, co-author of Positive Discipline for Children with Special Needs.
TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children) Training
PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)
I want you to understand your kids better and also want you to feel empowered. You may feel overwhelmed and out of touch but we can work together to see your struggle through a different light, to use that very struggle to guide your child into the person you want them to be.
Most importantly, I am an imperfect parent, working hard to figure out how to love and support my own child. I’m trying my darndest to take my mistakes and learn as much as I can from them. I’m striving to stay soft and vulnerable as I approach my daughter and to always be open to change. I’m working imperfectly, but tenaciously, at staying connected and being a deeply rooted parent.
When not working with children and families, I love to dance (especially salsa, rumba, kizomba, bachata, and tango!). I’m also a classically trained violinist and enjoy hiking in the mountains. My family and I love to travel and I have enjoyed having the pleasure of living in the USA, China, Germany, England, and now Spain.