Debbie Tracht is a Learning Specialist with expertise in Literacy, ADHD and the emerging field of Mind, Brain and Education. She has completed a Masters in Reading, certification as an ADHD Coach, and most recently, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in the Mind, Brain and Teaching.
Debbie was a disengaged student and reluctant reader until college, when she began to enjoy the merits of academic learning. When her own children entered school, she saw education from a new perspective and recognized the range of learning differences in students. She became intrigued by the differences in children who loved to read in contrast with those who were either disengaged in reading, like she had been, or struggled as readers. This began a passionate interest in methods of teaching as well as a drive to understand how students learn.
Currently, Debbie works both privately and in a public school setting. She provides professional development training to teachers and support staff, mental health providers, physicians and the general public. In addition, Debbie works with students with a wide range of abilities and challenges in literacy, drawing from research-based assessments and tools to meet individual needs. Debbie's private practice also includes her work as an ADHD/Executive function coach, working with motivated high school students, college students and adults.
Since beginning to work with individuals with ADHD, Debbie has been frustrated by the myths and lack of understanding about this condition as well as the shame associated with these misunderstandings. She is determined to change those beliefs and create an understanding of the neurological differences associated with ADHD. With improved awareness, she believes that strategies to compensate for challenges can make a difference in self-esteem, creating a life-long positive ripple effect. Debbie was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult and has experienced her own relief in finding a neurological explanation for many of the challenges that had plagued her.
In addition to her graduate studies, Debbie has received training in the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach, a dynamic method for working with challenging children created by Ross Greene, and the Resistance to Change Approach with Robert Kagen and Lisa Lahey.
Several parenting classes are in the works and will be offered this fall. "Calm and Connected: Parenting Children with ADHD" was developed by colleague Cindy Goldrich and is a 7-session program providing proven strategies for working with this unique group of children. In addition, she looks forward to facilitating a course based on the renowned book "How to Talk so Your Kids Will Listen & How to Listen so Your Kids Will Talk" by Faber and Mazlish. She is currently co-leading a support group for adults who have suffered brain injury and runs ADHD support groups from time to time.