KELLY CAVANAUGHEducational Therapist | Reading Specialist | School Improvement Consultant | Coach
Specialties Include: Reading Instruction and Remediation-Support, ADD/ADHD, Processing Disorders, meeting the needs of Visual-Spatial Learners (Right-Brained dominant) who tend to struggle in the Auditory-Sequential (Left-Brained) structure of school; Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia
Kelly Cavanaugh is an educational therapist, learning style and reading specialist, and school improvement consultant who is passionate about her work with many children across the learning style spectrum. From kids who are challenged with anything from dyslexia. processing issues, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD) to highly gifted children (or maybe a combination of all!) to help them gain confidence and reach their full potential.
Many (but not all) of Kelly’s students have heightened perception abilities that cause them to be highly impulsive, easily distracted or not focused and many are extremely energetic. As a result, they sometimes frustrate their parents and are often labeled as ”difficult” in school and many are treated with medication. Although these children are generally very bright, they are often challenged with mastering basic skills such as the foundational skills of reading, spelling, writing and arithmetic.
Kelly’s dedication to these children is not surprising. As dyslexia is a genetic trait and runs in her own family, Kelly struggled through elementary, middle, and high school herself– but, once free to study what was really of interest to her, she excelled at the college level and earned a Bachelors Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Florida and a Masters Degree in Education from Rollins College. Kelly often draws on her own challenging experiences to bring out the absolute best in her students. She works one-on-one with all of her students and quickly develops a trusting relationship with them. Kelly instills confidence in their abilities and improves their enthusiasm for learning. In fact, her popularity is evidenced by her waiting list for new clients.
Kelly attributes some of her success with her students to techniques she’s learned from her friend and mentor, Jeffrey Freed, author of, RIGHT-BRAINED CHILDREN IN A LEFT-BRAINED WORLD. After working with ADD and gifted children for a period of time, Kelly made a simple, yet revolutionary discovery: Most gifted, and virtually all children with ADD/ADHD/Dyslexia, share a similar learning/processing style. Freed suggests these amazing right-brained children are “highly visual, non sequential processors who learn by remembering the way things look and by taking words and turning them into mental pictures.” They tend to do poorly in school, because educators are typically left-brained, detail-oriented, auditory processors who view visual learners as “disordered.”
In his book, Freed offers parents a simple and clear strategy for helping their ADD and gifted children excel both in and out of the classroom. By spending only 10 minutes a day, parents can help their children realize immediate results in spelling and noticeable results in reading and math in two or three months. They also will develop the self-esteem necessary to succeed in other areas. This wonderful resource is highly recommended!
Kelly has a HUGE heart for kids and has worked in the field of education for more than 24 years. Her Master’s degree in Education is from Rollins College and her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology is from the University of Florida. Her experience with struggling students is extensive.
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I'm available to speak with you about your child and to answer questions you may have regarding the results of their psychoeducational evaluation, classroom accommodations, advocation at the school level, clarification around dyslexia, personal educational goals etc. Simply complete the form below or contact me via phone and I will be in touch soon.
*Phone consultations will be billed per my hourly rate of $80 for up to one hour.
Monday - Friday from 8AM - 6PM
Kelly Cavanaugh is an educational therapist, learning/reading specialist and school improvement consultant who works with many children across the learning style spectrum. She is passionate about her work with students (and parents and teachers)and empowers them to learn the "right way" FOR THEM by identifying and nurturing their individual learning style. Read more...