Jamie Komen, Education Specialist, Advocate

Education

B.S. Special Education K-12 - Learning Disabilities, Behavior Disorder, and Mildly Mentally Impaired, Minor Psychology - Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 1995


Certification and Training

Special Education K-12 Teaching Certificate, State of Illinois

Lindamood Bell Training – Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking (V/V), Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing for Phonemic Awareness and Spelling (LIPS), 2000

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) Workshop, 2002

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) 41st Annual Conference, 2004

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Conference, 2009

Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD) Conference, 2015

Special Education Law and Advocacy Series (SELAS), 2018


Publication

Double-blind, placebo-controlled study of L-carnosine supplementation in children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. J Child Neurol. 2002. Research Division, Autism and Epilepsy Specialty Services of Illinois, Ltd

 

Experience

 

Special Education Advocate (2018- present) 

Jamie brings over twenty years of experience in the field of Special Education to Advocacy Associates. She combines a strong understanding of academic and cognitive skills with over twenty years of multidisciplinary experience.   This makes her an effective advocate and a great collaborator with children, parents, and school personnel alike. Jamie is highly intuitive to the academic, social and emotional, and behavioral needs of children. 

Education Specialist (1999-2014) 

As a Education Specialist, Jamie developed remedial instruction using several multisensory programs, provided training for executive functioning, advocated for students, participated in Individual Education Plans (IEP), read countless psychological reports, reviewed IEP paperwork, observed students in the classroom setting, utilized integrated technology platforms, and synthesized data from neuropsychological and psychological evaluations to create effective learning plans. (2005 – 2014) 

Working for a Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Jamie became an expert in administering and scoring numerous assessments and helped communicate treatment plans to children, families, and schools. She also utilized brain development programs focusing on attention, executive functioning, perception, memory, sensory-motor, and mood. (2005-2007) 

As an Education Consultant for a renowned Pediatric Neurologist specializing in Autism and Epilepsy, Jamie deepened her level of knowledge for children with special needs through collaboration with doctors, nurses, parents, and patients.  She launched and led the team for Attention Deficit Disorder Evaluations using behavioral and learning assessments, observations and technology. (2002 –2005) 

Jamie partnered with the renowned Pediatric Neurologist and a Social Worker to launch one of the first multidisciplinary service businesses - Pediatric Emotional Developmental Services (PEEDS). She managed Full Case Study Evaluations, launched and ran social skills groups, student advocacy and one on one remedial instruction using multi-sensory programs. Jamie effectively collaborated with administrators and educators about students and their IEP’s. (1999 – 2002) 

Special Education Teacher (1995-1999) 

Jamie sat on the other side of the table working at a public middle school as the Learning Specialist (1997-1999). She created lesson plans, adapted curriculum, implemented modifications and accommodations, wrote IEP’s and conducted IEP meetings. Jamie also was a Special Education Teacher in a therapeutic high school (1995-1997) for students with severe social-emotional and learning disabilities. Through quantitative observations, she wrote behavior assessment plans and behavior intervention plans.

 

Membership

Council for Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

International Dyslexia Association (IDA)

                                                                                                 

Jamie Komen