Cynthia Shearer is a seasoned freelance writer who enjoys crafting compelling articles on a variety of topics – everything from home improvement to the latest discoveries in neuroscience. Her innate curiosity leads her to explore new subjects with enthusiasm and zeal. As an avid reader, Cynthia has been exposed to a wide variety of subjects over the years that have piqued her interest and led her to follow her dream of being a full-time writer. She currently focuses her writing on academics and career choices, Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders and sleep-related problems and disorders.
Cynthia was a bit of a late bloomer and didn't begin her academic career until she was in her thirties. Because 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. 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, but noted that some of her traditional-aged classmates did not know about, or did not take advantage of, all the great support resources that colleges have to offer. As a result, Cynthia developed a commitment to help other students realize their own potential, both while she was in school and afterward.
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.
She specialized in helping students with disabilities clarify and achieve their goals. Her experiences as a peer tutor and as a mother of children with attention and learning disorders helped her come up with specific plans for success that capitalized on each student’s individual strengths. 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.
Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders
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 both in private community settings, like group homes, and in residential facilities that served the needs of people with severe/profound intellectual disabilities. This experience was enriching for her on a number of levels and informed her passion for working with people with autism and autism spectrum disorders.
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.
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. Sleep is still somewhat of a mysterious phenomenon and science can't always provide an adequate explanation for some of the disorders that affect people'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.