About me, Marilee Emerson

Ask the parents of a child with disabilities who among the child’s caregivers knows their child best, and they will tell you without hesitation, “We Do.”

I believe parents are true experts. They know things naturally that no other caregiver, teacher or doctor can possibly know.

I learned this lesson early on in my career as a teacher: For me to be successful in the classroom, I needed to have critical, relevant information that only a parent knows. I discovered that if I asked the right questions, parents could assist me on how to best teach their child.

As a result of this insight, I realized the importance of communication and collaboration when it comes to educating a child with special needs.

In my work with families, I see each child’s unique gifts. I help parents reframe their current stories about their child’s limitations so that they can see potential, progress and possibility. I help them create clear plans that lead to solutions instead of confusion, overwhelm and frustration.

I started my career as a classroom teacher, where I worked closely with students with autism spectrum disorders and significant disabilities. My background in behavior analysis shaped the part of me that says, “We must go where the data lead.” This analytical side aids the planning process, while honoring children where they are on their educational path.

I loved my time as a classroom teacher, but couldn’t ignore the tug I felt to serve in a larger capacity. When I was offered an opportunity to work in a clinical setting at a hospital, I enthusiastically accepted it. I learned from doctors, nurses and therapists, and was able to serve nearly 10-times the number of families.

From there, my next step was a seamless transition to a university’s community outreach program. I was able to touch 1,000s of lives. I, too, was touched by the many families I had long, close relationships with. I bring those experiences with me to each new family I meet.

As I’ve taken each step in my professional evolution, I’ve moved closer to realizing my purpose. My journey has led me to my calling: supporting children with disabilities and their parents through the numerous transitions they face.

My diverse background enables me to blend my experience, my inquisitive nature and my creativity to offer parents new perspectives and options for their children’s futures.

Now, I work with families one-on-one as a Person Centered Planning Specialist and Transitions Coach. I offer parents of children with disabilities new possibilities.

I have a gift for seeing potential where others see problems. I believe in super-charging parents to step into their wisdom, to own their expertise and to trust themselves to find solutions.

My role is to teach parents the skills they need to be more organized, to create action plans, and to build habits and systems that ensure they make decisions from a place of calm assurance and confidence. When parents reach this place, they find their communication with teachers and providers is more effective and empowered.

Ultimately, I help parents see beyond the presumed limitations they believe hold their child back. Together, we create new mindsets that lead to positive outcomes.

I see budding opportunities in every child’s life.

I stand for hope and optimism, regardless of what’s happened in the past.

A bright future is the birthright of every child. You already have the wisdom, you simply need a plan and the tools to get your there.

I believe in you and your child.

Are you ready to believe, too?

Download my free Great Information For Teachers (GIFT) workbook and video to begin sharing your wisdom about your child with his/her teachers, therapists and doctors. The GIFT workbook enables you to inform and educate your child’s caregivers about your amazing, unique child, while communicating vital information they need to be successful.

Simply click here to provide your name and email address, and I’ll send you a link to the workbook and video.

If you feel you’d like to discuss the GIFT or if you have questions about your child’s unique situation, click here to schedule a Next Steps call.