Cynthia was a bit of a late bloomer and didn't begin her academic career until she was in her thirties. Since she was raising a family and going to school full time, she quickly learned that she would need to develop and implement sound strategies to ensure her success.
A Desire to Help
Early on she recognized that success in college is in large part due to diligence and careful planning. She made use of the many awesome resources available to students. Since she noticed many classmates didn't take advantage of all the great support resources that colleges have to offer, she developed a commitment to help other students realize their own potential.
From Peer Tutor to College Advisor
During her academic years, Cynthia worked as a peer tutor for students who were struggling to pass their classes. She provided tutoring support in a variety of subjects, but also helped students learn effective study and time management techniques. After she graduated, Cynthia worked in her state's community college system, advising new and returning students on successfully managing each phase of their academic careers.
Study Skills Instructor
As a study skills instructor, she broadened her abilities and passed that information along to her students. Her curriculum included traditional topics like memorization techniques, but also explored differences in learning styles and the impact of emotional intelligence on success and satisfaction in college and in life.
Cynthia transitioned from academia to mental health services in an effort to reach out to a greater number of people who could benefit from her academic background in behavioral psychology. For more than 20 years, she worked in:
- Private community settings
- Group homes
- Residential facilities that served the needs of people with severe/profound intellectual disabilities
Understanding the needs of individuals with autism and developing positive behavioral support plans to address those needs was a full-time occupation for Cynthia for many years. Now she endeavors to write articles that give practical and helpful guidance to parents and caregivers of children and adults who are affected by autism.
Interest in Sleep Disorders
Sleep is an essential function of life, but its importance is sometimes overlooked. Lack of restful sleep is essential to day-to-day functioning and can have a tremendous impact on a person's mood and behavior. Chronic lack of rest can have a significant negative effect on overall health as well.
Raising children with excessive energy who frequently had a lot of difficulty falling asleep prompted Cynthia to develop a better understanding of the neurological mechanisms of sleep and to explore alternative ways to help her children get a good night's rest. Following and writing about ongoing research is one of Cynthia's primary passions.
Cynthia spends a lot of her free time pursing her interest in the tiny house movement. Tiny homes are a great way for semi-retirees and empty nesters like herself to enjoy a great quality of life for a minimal investment. As part of that interest, Cynthia researches solar and other environmentally friendly options for building and powering homes. She also loves to travel and is currently planning excursions to all the states she has not yet had time to visit and enjoy.