As an educational specialist, Leyla's approach to education is grounded in understanding the importance of creating a supportive environment for children to learn and grow. She has a high level of experience working with various populations including autism, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), auditory processing disorder, visual processing disorder, and childhood apraxia of speech. For 10 years, Leyla has worked in early education helping students access Common Core State Standards and implementing customized strategies to assist children in reaching grade-level academic skills. Specifically, her approach focuses on literacy skills such as reading, writing and foundational communication as well as mathematics and social skills support. Leyla was the lead instructor in a Special Day Class (SDC) at Vista Del Mar School where she conducted group instruction and supervised paraprofessional support staff. She has extensive knowledge and experience advocating for families throughout the IEP (Individualized Education Program) process as well as creating curriculum modifications for students when needed. Leyla believes in an integrative educational approach and has worked alongside behavior therapists, psychologists, speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists. Additionally, she is trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), alternative special needs curriculums such as "Unique Learning Systems" as well as various forms of assistive technology such as Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and speech-generating apps such as "GoTalk", and "Proloquo2Go". Leyla currently holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Child Development from Pitzer College and a Master of Arts in Education from Claremont Graduate University. She is currently credentialed to teach special needs students in the state of California.