Parenting--Toddlers/Infants/Pre-Schoolers/Expert Profile

Elizabeth Norris

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I would like to help you raise children who are respectful and responsible and who seek positive outcomes for themselves and their interactions with others. Each child has their own learning style and each family has their own individual culture. I look for creative ways to address problems or concerns that arise when guiding young children. I am an Early Childhood Special Education teacher and work providing support and ideas to families of young children in the home. I have an understanding of typical and delayed development and can identify red flags in children who can benefit from specialized services. I also teach positive parenting courses to help parents understand why children misbehave and to develop strategies to effectively respond to those behaviors while honoring individual family values. I have a specific interest in children labeled as difficult, attention deficit or oppositional defiant. I am committed to finding ways children can positively participate in family or community activities. I empathize with children who donít feel they are fitting in and for parents who worry and feel criticized. I have a sense of humor and look for ways to reduce frustration and to foster playful interactions.

Experience in the area

As a young child I experienced learning disabilities and had trouble fitting in. I was later diagnosed as dyslexic. My own daughter experienced similar issues and we were simultaneously diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. I have enjoyed working with children, especially those with special needs, for over 30 years. I have provided respite care, emergency foster care coached special Olympics and taught adaptive aquatics. I Worked full time as a classroom aide in a high school special education classroom prior to earning my teaching certificate. I have taught 5th grade, kindergarten and both integrated and self contained special education preschool classes. I have consulted to private preschools and Head Start classrooms regarding mainstreaming children with special needs. I currently work as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher and provide home visits to families of developmentally delayed children ages birth to three. I am familiar with programs available to support families who have special education needs. I am particularly interested in supporting children labeled as difficult and fostering supportive environments for learning. I teach positive parenting courses in rural communities.


Parenting with Love and Logic INC. Special Olympics


Good Day Bad Day an inspirational story published in the book Why I Teach.


BS Elementary Education University of Oregon 1989 45 hours of graduate coursework in Special Education Oregon Educational Association certified in Early Childhood Special Education. Various teaching strategies and programs for language, cognitive, motor and social development. Strategies to assist families with children who demonstrate challenging behaviors. Parenting with Love and Logic facilitator.

Awards and Honors

Graduated University of Oregon with honors 1989

Past/Present Clients

Public regular education classrooms. Children and families with developmental disabilities. Children and families with behavior challenges. Parents who want to learn new parenting strategies. Parents who are court ordered to attend behavior management courses. Consultation to private and public preschool programs. Professional development to teachers.

What do you like about this subject?

Seeing positive outcomes by helping parents take care of themselves and develop effective ways to communicate and guide young children. I have a large bag of tricks to draw from to address individual needs and concerns.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I want to hear what works for you, there is always more to learn.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

When you know why kids do what they do and have methods to respond, you will never feel the need to yell at them again! You can learn to like your kids as much as you love them (even two year olds and teenagers).

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

I do not advocate spanking though tearing down their character with criticism can be much more damaging.

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Recent Answers from Elizabeth Norris

2015-03-03 Big problems..:

Sorry to hear you are having this problem Amber.   Sadly kids who misbehave get more attention than others.   It is not unusual for the well behaved kids to try it on for attention.   The trick is not

2014-02-24 confused about the reality of good advice:

Dear Tes, first stop and take a breath, clearly you are a consciences mom and care about your children's wellbeing!   My advise is listen to your gut regardless of what books or others say.   I see many

2013-08-05 should I puree everything in a blender?:

Hi Tony, sorry this took me so long, I thought I was on vacation from this sight so if this is not timely that is why.   You are on the right track, puree is a great solution, I use it for myself as I

2012-06-21 short separation from Mom and Dad:

I Leanna, I am sure your little cutie will be delighted with grandma's attention.   I would suggest you not bring up her mother unless she does.  If she does, just be matter of fact, tell her when she

2012-06-18 11 month old sleeping through the night:

Dear Alicia, It sounds like you have been meeting most of your bedtime goals for your baby.   It can be difficult for both parent and child to adjust to a new routine.   If I am understanding your question


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