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PAM BROGDON
  • Female
  • Pinopolis, SC
  • United States
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Welcome, Pam Brogdon!

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This is why I am passionate about special needs.
I have always been passionate about special needs. My career has been dedicated to working with children with learning challenges. I began as a teacher for students with learning disabilities; district coordinator for at-risk students and families, Director of Exceptional Children for a school district, and finally, owning a clinic for children with learning differences and sensory impairments. I firmly believe in setting high expectations for children with learning challenges/differences- because they are capable. Often, people automatically lower expectations when they see a child with physical constraints or a child who learns differently. There are many types of intelligence; academics is only one type. Children with special needs are gifted in other ways. They have so much to offer and often they are not given the opportunity to "shine". I have worked diligently to develop strategies and programs for acquiring skills and transferring those skills into the classroom as well as everyday living for children with learning differences. I do not want to enable; I just want to make sure the playing field is level. It breaks my heart when I hear a capable and wonderful child say that he is "dumb", because he cannot express his thoughts in writing, correctly spell and/or decode words or has difficulty understanding what he reads. Many times, the child who says that is quite capable, but has been crushed because he/she doesnt learn in the accepted manner. It has been my passion to develop successful strategies to help these children become successful in school and life. This passion has led to extensive study of the brain and how special needs brains learn, processing of information and what happens when processing is delayed or interrupted, and how movement and learning are connected. In result, I hope I have helped capable children develop strategies to help them become successful in school and most importantly, know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they are indeed smart and special....in every way!
My Role
Other
Place of Work
Brogdon & Associates, LLC.
Skills: these are areas where I have expertise and might be able to help others.
FINE MOTOR, SENSORY SOLUTIONS, VISUAL MOTOR
Needs: these are areas where I have questions and will be looking to learn from others.
INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES, RESOURCES, SENSORY SOLUTIONS
The most valuable piece of advice I would offer to others regarding special needs.
Do not underestimate children with learning differences. For parents, be your child's strongest advocate.
What I hope to gain from My Special Needs Network
I hope that I will gain information, insight and perspectives from all of the different challenges as well as be able to network with teachers, parents, caregivers, therapists....all who are involved with children with any sort of special need. I believe that with all of us communicating and working together, we can make a difference.

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At 2:37pm on May 31, 2012, Cecilia Cruse said…

Welcome aboard! We are very glad to have your expertise to tap into!

 

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