Sarah Kiffner, MA – Educational Advocate, Organization & Study Skills Coach
Ms. Kiffner attended Eastern Michigan University and received a bachelor’s degree in special education and general education. Since that time, she has had the privilege of working with children for more than 15 years in a variety of capacities. She then began her career as a teacher of emotionally-impaired students serviced in a self-contained setting. During that time, she earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Marygrove College. After six years, she transitioned into a resource room position continuing to educate students with a variety of emotional, behavioral, developmental and cognitive disabilities. After five years working in this capacity, she accepted a position as a Teacher Consultant. While working in this position, Ms. Kiffner conducted educational evaluations in order to aid in determining a student’s eligibility for special education support and services. She also provided input to help overcome barriers when a student’s behavioral and social differences impacted academic and/or social progress. Ms. Kiffner has a passion for her work, as it affords her the opportunity to work with amazing children and their unique learning styles, their teachers and their families to plan for academic and social success.
At Arbor Psychology Group, Ms. Kiffner will be providing educational advocacy services, as well as organizational and study skill supports for children with attention and/or executive function challenges.
Her knowledge and experience with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Section 504 Plans, as well as the associated supports and accommodations available for each, will assist parents in understanding the practical implications of their child’s assessment data, as well as how to advocate for them and ensure their needs are met. Her experience as a Teacher Consultant has provided her with pragmatic intervention ideas to support children with attention and/or executive function issues (e.g., organization, planning, memory strategies and study skills).