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About Lynne Merrill
Lynne Merrill followed her years in the classroom by opening Merrill Educational Center in 1993. Lynne had wanted to teach since she was eight years old, inspired not by good teachers, but by poor ones. She recalls, “I was astounded how much a poor teacher could extinguish a child’s love of learning. I realized early on that I needed to teach to make a positive difference.”
Lynne’s teaching background covers many curricula—from first, fifth, sixth, and eighth grades, to high school English and history. She is qualified in Regular and Special Education and has graduate degrees in these areas, as well as graduate work in English. Lynne holds an undergraduate degree in English and Teaching English as a Second Language. All of Lynne’s programs, at prestigious universities, were completed with Summa and Magna Cum Laude recognition. She has been recognized by members of the state government for her work in pursuing her educational goals.
Lynne is a reading specialist and treats children with decoding, comprehension, spelling, and written expression problems through worldwide acclaimed programs in literacy. She also specializes in Executive Functioning disorders through teaching study skills and organizational techniques. Her greatest accomplishment comes from helping students to help themselves.
Lynne delights in traveling, reading, theater, and spending time with her daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter, and grandson. When she speaks of her family she smiles and says, “They are my moon and stars.”
About Dr. Cydney Fox
Cydney holds a doctoral degree in Audiology from the George Osborne School of Audiology at Salus University in Pennsylvania. Her master’s degree in Audiology was awarded from the University of Denver and her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing from Indiana University. She is Board Certified in Audiology. Dr. Fox has been working with and assessing Auditory Processing Disorders since 2007.
Cydney has held positions at the UCLA Audiology Clinic from 1975-1996, USC Head and Neck Physicians Private Practice from 1996-1999 and was the director of Tracy Family Hearing Center (affiliated with John Tracy Clinic) from 1999-2003.
She was Director of Audiology Services and Director of The Auditory Processing Disorders Program at The Tinnitus and Audiology Center of Southern California from 2004 -2012. She is the Audiology Member of the Craniofacial Team at Orthopaedic Hospital and has served in that capacity since 1999.
Cydney was a staff lecturer both at California State University, Los Angeles,(1998-1999) and Northridge (2008 through 2009) in the Division of Communication Disorders. She was President of the California Academy of Audiology from 2001-2003 and served on the Board of Directors prior to that time. She was one of the Audiology Members on the State of California Speech Language Pathology Audiology Board from 1995-1999. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Hope for Hearing Foundation.
Awarded the Larry Mauldin Award for Excellence in Education in April 2005, she also received an Audiology Foundation of America Award for Leadership in Audiology in 2007.
Cydney is currently a member of the Craniofacial Team at Orthopaedic Hospital and is full time at Audiology Solutions LA. Because of the make up of Audiology Solutions LA, she is able to travel to various offices within the LA area, thus making it easier for patients to access her services.
About Dr. Dana Chidekel
Dr. Dana Chidekel started her career as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She subsequently completed training in neuropsychology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology and the American College of Professional Neuropsychology. She is certified by the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology and by the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology, for which she also serves as an examiner.
Dr. Chidekel maintains a private practice in Tarzana, providing comprehensive clinical assessments to children, adolescents and adults referred for cognitive, developmental, academic, psychiatric, and behavioral difficulties. She has attended countless IEP meetings, has provided Independent Educational Evaluations for students in 13 school districts in Southern California, and has testified as an expert witness in special educational due process hearings.
Dr. Chidekel is a frequent presenter to lay and professional audiences. She has authored and co-authored professional articles about developmental neuropsychology and parameters of professional practice for journals such as Cerebellum, Pediatric Neurology, and Applied Neuropsychology: Child. She is a co-author of “ADHD as a Model of Brain-Behavior Relationships” (Springer 2013) and the author of “Parents in Charge: Setting Healthy, Loving Boundaries for You and Your Child” (Simon and Schuster, 2001). Dr. Chidekel has appeared on many local and national radio programs and TV programs, including multiple appearances on The Today Show and a one-hour PBS special: “Great Parents, Great Kids with Dr. Dana Chidekel.”
About Dr. Marta M. Shinn
Dr. Marta M. Shinn, Ph.D., is the founder of Variations Psychology, a private practice mental health clinic in Orange County, California that offers independent diagnostic testing and counseling services to children, adolescents, college students and their families.
Dr. Shinn specializes in clinical child psychology and educational psychology. She helps families who have children with special needs that require services through their public or private school. As an expert advocate,
Dr. Shinn supports families with IEPs, 504s, diagnostic testing/independent evaluations, and accommodations for high stakes exams.
About Peter Attwood
Peter was hazed into the special education world in 2007, and has been working for others since 2010, and full time since 2014 when he was laid off from his systems maintenance programming job. He is still debugging, but special ed problems now instead of computer code. He emphasizes getting the kid’s real needs figured out and taken care of, especially overlooked processing problems. He will use the law and other such remedies if the district wants to do it that way, but prefers to rely on reason and win-win solutions if the district is willing.