I have had the privilege of working with children and families in Western Massachusetts for over ten years. As a social worker for the State of Massachusetts, I assisted countless local families struggling with a number of challenging problems. I have also worked collaboratively with the Juvenile Court system and was certified as a parenting expert by the Franklin/Hampshire Juvenile Court. I developed an interest in sleep and its restorative functions of the brain and body after working with many overtired children improperly diagnosed with behavior disorders. I am particularly interested in helping infants and young toddlers remain well-rested.
My educational background includes earning a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University in Tarrytown, NY in 2002. I completed post-graduate training at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts earning a Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Practice with Children and Adolescents. I am licensed to practice independently in Massachusetts and I currently maintain a private practice as a Child Sleep Consultant and Clinical Social Worker. I live with my husband and son in the Pioneer Valley.
My philosophy regarding sleep is that sleep is as important a nutrient to the body as food. When a child’s sleep is regularly disrupted, it can be devastating to the entire family. Helping Your Child Sleep provides families with information and support that ensures that children get the right amount of sleep and develop the ability to fall asleep with a sense of security and comfort. Establishing healthy sleep habits for your baby or toddler is a gift for your entire family that will last a lifetime.
I am a proud member of the Green River Doula Network as well as the Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Coalition of Western Massachusetts.
I have published sleep-related articles in the online editions of Macaroni Kid Springfield and Macaroni Military Family.
I was also featured in the "Spotlight on the Military Spouse" on MilitaryAvenue.com, a service supporting the military relocation, travel, and lifestyle needs of the American military family. The community is comprised of millions of military active duty, retirees, veterans, DoD civilians and contractors, as well as military spouses and children.
I am honored to be a part of such an important national event.
Military Spouse Appreciation Day is the Friday before Mother's Day, May 6th, 2011. It is a day to recognize the contributions of the Military Spouse to our US Military.
"At the heart of our Armed Forces, servicemembers' spouses keep our military families on track. They balance family life, military life, and their careers, all while supporting other military families and giving back to their communities. Many have served in uniform themselves and, understanding the obligations involved, can provide unparalleled support. They are pillars of strength in their families, often celebrating their children's life milestones while the other parent is away." - Barack Obama
Presidential Proclamation--Military Spouse Appreciation Day