Hello! I’m Amy Husk.
Education Specialist- Autism
I recently moved to the area from Boston, MA where I worked in a learning center supporting students across grade levels, their families, and new teachers. Prior to Boston, I lived up in the mountains in Colorado and worked as a special education teacher, program developer, and mentor teacher within a public school district. Fun fact: I also worked part-time as a ski instructor for 3-5 year olds so if you want to learn skiing basics in a sing-songy way, let me know!
I’m excited to be here, and I am looking forward to getting to know you!
Here are 4 things I am passionate about in this line of work:
1. Supporting Teachers
Special education teachers often feel alone and isolated in their work. Even if you are lucky to have a teammate or two, it can still be challenging to find time to have meaningful conversations. I am here for you!
I know the invisible hours you put in (e.g., late nights, taking work home with you… eh-hem, how many canvas bags do you haul in every morning?). And I know if you were to write your own job description it would take up minimally 3 pages. Whether you need help with a specific challenge or just want to bounce ideas off someone, let me know!
2. Enhancing Student Experiences
Ever come across a test question wherein a student has little to no background knowledge of the key vocabulary let alone how to answer the question itself? I have too! Let’s get our students out into the community and/or bring meaningful experiences to them!
I have worked as a special education teacher in a rural mountain town and near a busy city. I understand the variance in opportunities a given location can present. HOWEVER, I have some ideas for overcoming and working with common obstacles.
3. Moving from “Autism Awareness” to “Autism Acceptance”
I want to work with you to push our classroom communities, school communities, town communities, and so forth, from not only being aware of a few characteristics of Autism but working towards understanding and accepting the whole spectrum of Autism.
4. Providing Supports & Interventions with Fidelity
We all know providing evidence-based interventions is essential in our line of work. I’m trained in various interventions, programs, and approaches that I’d love to support you in, such as Orton-Gillingham, Lindamood Bell: Seeing Stars, Multi-sensory Math, Q.A.R., Project Read: Framing Your Thoughts, The Zones of Regulation, Self-Management Interventions, using visual supports effectively, n2y Unique Learning System, Antecedent-Based Interventions, and more!
I know learning about a given evidence-based practice is often the easy part in comparison to actually putting it into practice effectively. I enjoy not only providing teachers with the information, but I like to follow-up with teachers too! No matter your level of confidence and practice with an intervention, please let me know how I can help!
I look forward to working with you all this school year!
Now, a chance to win a set of classroom tool!
Winners will receive a set of chair bands, sensory strips, scented seasonal stickers, and a liquid motion bubbler. Survey will take less time than it takes to say “scented seasonal stickers” 10x fast!
Drop me a line!
Whether you have a quick question, are seeking support throughout the year, just need a resource, or whatever the need, please don’t hesitate to reach out.