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Christine Anselmo, B.S. SpEd, CI, LD.

Christine Anselmo is an Educational Therapist with over twenty years of experience working with individuals who have varying disabilities and ages (from children to adults). She earned her undergraduate degree in Special Education Cognitively Impaired and General Education from Eastern Michigan University. From there she went on to complete her graduate studies, earning an endorsement in Learning Disabilities at Madonna University. Throughout her career in special education she has worked with individuals who have learning disabilities, ADHD, and ASD; as well as cognitive, emotional, and physical impairments. Christine has spent many years in the public school system as a Special Education Teacher working full-time for Livonia Schools and as a long-term substitute teacher, primarily in a resource room setting for Walled Lake Schools. In addition, she has also worked privately as an Educational Therapist throughout her career.

What is an Educational Therapist and what are the differences between an Educational Therapist and a Tutor?

An Educational Therapist is a professional who has specialized training and experience working with students with learning differences. They provide intensive individualized interventions for those differences, which may be the result of neurological, cognitive, developmental, language, and/or emotional issues. Educational Therapists understand the social, behavioral, and emotional aspects that influence learning. While addressing learning differences and academics, they help students understand their learning challenges, become aware of their strengths, and develop non-academic strategies that build self-esteem and promote self-advocacy.

Christine specializes in teaching people with learning disabilities and providing support in the areas of reading, writing, math, and executive function skills, using alternative curriculum. At Arbor Psychology Group, Christine’s focus is on coaching those who need to strengthen their executive functioning skills (i.e., planning, organization, focus/attention, emotional control, working memory, time management, and flexibility). Using neuropsychology reports and various informal assessments, she helps students set individualized goals. Christine creates specialized lessons for students based on their specific learning styles and strengths, taking them from where they are now to where they want to be. Christine provides students with the targeted help they need to exhibit measurable gains through improved grades, self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses, and self-confidence.

Christine’s long-held educational philosophy is that you must teach to the whole person. She finds the interpersonal connection of the working relationship key in helping individuals make towards their goals. Christine is passionate about helping others, especially those with learning differences, and is dedicated to helping them achieve lasting improvements. She maintains her Professional Special Education Teaching Certificate and strives to stay up to date with current research in her field. Christine is a member of the Association of Educational Therapists and various other professional organizations, including Michigan Reading Association. In addition to working at Arbor Psychology Group, Christine also serves adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities as a case manager in Oakland County.

Christine Anselmo