Featured Certificant: Michaela L.

Michaela L.

Board Certified Cognitive Specialist, Program Director, Brain Balance of Mequon

What’s your favorite part about what you do?

I absolutely love hanging out and connecting with the children that come into our center. I love that I can bring out my silly side and goof around with the kids to make their sessions more fun. I love connecting with their families and working through not only the encouraging parts of our program, but also the challenging times. Like my boss always says, “We want to know about the good, the bad, and the ugly”. I love always being that extra resource or support for our families.

How has your IBCCES training/credential helped you in your career?

We have children come in with many different diagnoses like ADHD, dyslexia, autism, anxiety, and depression, etc. The IBCCES training has helped me dig deeper into those diagnoses. It has also given me a greater understanding of what the child is going through and how I can help them more.

How do you use/implement what you learned in the IBCCES certification training?

There are many different aspects of the training that I have used or implemented. I have employed various reinforcement strategies and gained a better understanding of how to influence a child’s motivation, which is a significant aspect of our program. Additionally, I have applied the information I learned about ADHD and executive function. At Brain Balance, we work to improve these executive functions and observe changes in focus, self-control, and memory. Through this training, I can more easily facilitate improvements in executive function, as I now have more tools to better support children with ADHD.

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