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As a licensed neonatal and pediatric physical therapist, lay breastfeeding counselor, board-certified lactation consultant and positive parenting and homeschool consultant, Carrie has observed, worked with and counseled thousands of families. Carrie brings a rich variety of experiences and training to this blog. This blog provides a unique intersection of gentle viewpoints in order to help and inspire families to have a peaceful life.
She considers her most important and enjoyable job in building a wonderful family and a peaceful, faith-filled home with her husband of twenty years and her two daughters and son. She is passionate about her Episcopalian faith, her parish, breastfeeding, attachment parenting, gentle discipline, homemaking, homeschooling and Waldorf Education. She is currently joyfully homeschooling her fifth and second graders along with having fun with her toddler. When she is not busy with her own family or helping other families, she enjoys attending church and studying spiritually-related topics – mainly Orthodox Christian works – writing, playing with and training the family dog, cooking, baking, gardening, knitting, handwork, reading, singing, playing music on her flute and pennywhistle, journaling and working out.
Her first degree is from Syracuse University in Newspaper Journalism and Latin American Studies with a minor in Spanish and her second degree is from University of North Florida in Physical Therapy. Carrie is a licensed physical therapist specializing in Neonatal Development and Feeding and Pediatric Physical Therapy. She has practiced within the Neonatal Intensive Care setting for over ten years and also has worked with pediatric patients in inpatient, outpatient, pediatric intensive care unit and outpatient lactation settings to include all developmental care and wound care. Carrie is Neurodevelopmentally (NDT)/Bobath Trained in the Eight Week Course of the Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy (for more information please see http://www.ndta.org), is certified in NDT and searching for an Advanced Baby Course at the moment, is a trained provider of Debra Beckman’s Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention, is a Certified Examiner of Marjorie Palmer’s Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale and has completed the educational requirements for RTS Bereavement Training in pregnancy and newborn loss. She also has started on a journey learning myofasical release with John Barnes, PT. She is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Carrie has also been a volunteer breastfeeding counselor for almost seven years. Besides running a local support group for breastfeeding families and their children she holds a volunteer position at the state level where other volunteer breastfeeding counselors contact her with their most challenging medical and legal cases.
She is known in her local area as a resource for providing parents a compassionate ear and thoughtful dialogue regarding positive, boundary-setting and adult led gentle parenting. Her mantra of gentle discipline as being Authentic Leadership has been solidly tested through her work with parents in her local area. She is a frequent speaker at breastfeeding and parenting conferences in her local area.
Carrie has been researching Waldorf education for many years now through Steiner’s works, and feels drawn to work regarding Waldorf education and Waldorf parenting for the small child within the first seven year cycle. Carrie has written pieces for Christopherus Homeschool Resources’ “The Journey Begins At Home: A Waldorf Early Years Guide” by Donna Simmons and has contributed a piece to the newly revised and forthcoming Christopherus Homeschool Resources First Grade Syllabus. Carrie has written articles for the Little Acorn Newsletter and The Magic Onions. She has spoken on Donna Ashton’s Waldorf Connection blog radio show regarding parenting and discipline during the first seven year cycle and has done a whole series for the Waldorf Connection on The Early Years.
She has consulted with families via telephone and email around the world regarding parenting and homeschooling for small children through age 9. She also wants to encourage those interested in seeking to incorporate some Waldorf elements into their Christian homeschooling experience. Let us walk through these passageways of parenting together!
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