Karen has been a teacher for 16 years. She has been spending time learning, writing and speaking about ADHD since 1999.
After completing an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Philosophy at Boston College and receiving two awards upon graduation. Karen earned a special education degree with a concentration in learning disabilities at Northern Michigan University.
Over the years, Karen has taught at prominent private schools such as Laurel School and University School in Shaker Heights, Ohio and Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware. Karen currently teaches 7th grade special education for an on-line public/charter school in Ohio.
For three years, Karen ran the academic learning center for the Cleveland Clinic’s 8 week summer treatment program for children whose primary diagnosis was ADHD. She has been educated by some of the most important people connected to the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and learning disabilities. Some of these people have included Dr. William Pelham, Ned Hallowell and Mel Levine.
For four years, Karen was also one of only two teachers asked to be part of the ADHD Experts on Call, a national call-in campaign to provide general advice and referrals regarding ADHD, where she and I had the opportunity to serve together. She has been a regular contributor for ADDitude Magazine, a national magazine for and about families with ADHD, since 2003.
In addition to Karen’s professional contributions to the field of ADHD, she volunteers as the coordinator of the respite outreach offered through her home church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio that Key Ministry was honored to lend a hand in developing.
Some of the topics Karen plans to address this week include:
Helpful hints for children’s/student pastors and leaders for effective communication to kids who have ADHD in a large group setting.
Suggestions on designing ministry environments for kids, taking into account the needs of kids with ADHD.
Ideas for the volunteer Sunday School teacher or small group leader with a couple of kids who can’t still, keep their hands to themselves or stop talking during the lesson/group.
Suggestions for parents of a child with ADHD who want to have a meaningful experience at church, but have to take kids into worship services designed for adults.
Strategies to help kids with ADHD to memorize Bible verses, prayers or worship songs in churches where they’re expected to do so.
Advice for moms and dads who want to instruct their child in the family’s faith, but are worn down from struggles to complete schoolwork common among kids with ADHD.
We’re honored to have Karen join us this week. Please check back with the blog on Wednesday, October 6 and Friday, October 8, and forward the link to any interested friends in children’s ministry, student ministry or interested parents.