My name is Lisa Frankel and I am a Special Educator, Behavior Consultant and Autism Specialist, and an RDI® trained Family Consultant. For the last 11 years I have worked privately with families, guiding and educating them to become the experts of their child. We meet together in their homes or my office once a week or twice a month. Families often request I join their school teams as well.
My experience with working with children with alternative learning styles began early on when I was a camp counselor in my teens. I found myself drawn to children with unique personalities and different perspectives. In my college years I enjoyed my summers at camps that served children with significant, multiple learning and behavioral challenges. In those summers I was a student to my campers who helped me begin the journey of understanding their perspectives, their fears, their strengths and their obstacles. I continued this journey with over 15 years of teaching in classrooms. I served students with autism, developmental delay, complex medical challenge, neurological vulnerability, ADHD, social- emotional deficit, and overall developmentally unique profiles.
Currently, my work with families begins with an in depth assessment process that explores developmental foundations, the adult-child experience sharing/perspective taking communication system, and the capacity for co-regulatory interaction. Co-regulation describes the ability to participate in simple interactions by working in sync and acting in response to one another without controlling or acting in a scripted manner. After assessment we begin our work toward solidifying the developmental process that guides the dynamic cognition.
I have spent over 25 years in my profession so far, teaching in public and private schools with all age groups and range of challenge, serving as an early intervention specialist and in home itinerant teacher, staying home and raising my 3 boys. In 2007, I successfully completed RDI(TM) Program certification and opened Dynamic Minds, serving children, adults and families as a private consultant.