Jen Dryer is an educational consultant and parent advocate for educators and parents of children with potential learning differences and/or developmental issues. She is mother to two sweet, loving and energetic boys, the younger of whom is on the high-functioning end of the Autism Spectrum, and has greatly benefited from (free!) therapy since he was 18 months old. It is clear that early intervention and strong parent advocacy has dramatically shifted the trajectory of her son’s life and has brought great insights, practical strategies and emotional comfort to her family to address her son’s needs head on. Jen passionately shares her knowledge and expertise with educators and parents of children who may have any developmental delays so that they can navigate the process, both logistically and emotionally, of getting children appropriately evaluated and securing the most effective and supportive services.
A graduate of Brown University (BA) and Columbia University’s Teachers College (MA), Jen is a native New Yorker who grew up in the northern suburbs and spent 13 years living in NYC before moving to DC in January, 2009. Prior to her work as a parent advocate and educational consultant, Jen was an educator for 13 years in NYC public schools, and 5 years in DC area public, charter and private schools, as 6-12th grade teacher and as an upper elementary and middle school Literacy Coach/Staff Developer, coaching and supporting teachers and school administration. She has also been a yoga instructor since 2006, and currently teaches adults and children, all of which has given her tremendous tools for facing the challenges of raising a child with special needs (and for navigating parenting in general!). When she’s not working with families or teaching, she can often be found practicing yoga, walking, hiking, reading or playing tennis.
You can reach Jen at jendryerparentadvocate [at] gmail.com.