The Learning Spectrum in Sunbury has hired Marty Harrison to fill the newly created position of social worker.
Harrison will be responsible for helping students with their individual needs and challenges, such as staying focused, completing tasks and improving behaviors. She will also be starting and facilitating parent and sibling support groups for families of children with autism.
Harrison is a licensed social worker and group facilitator. She spent 20 years working as a teacher in the Powell, Worthington and Dublin school districts, and as a substitute teacher in the Olentangy Local School district. Through her experience, she said she noticed a growing need for counseling and social support for elementary-age children. She decided to go back to school, and earned her social work degree from Columbus State Community College.
Harrison has used applied behavior analysis and music therapies to work with individuals in adult mental health care facilities, teen summer camps and in preschool and elementary learning centers. She has facilitated mental health support groups, and learned about family interactions, tragedies and addictions.
The Learning Spectrum (TLS) provides individualized care to children with autism, both in and out of the school setting. With its small-group learning environment, TLS tailors its services to each individual student’s needs. The business’ goal is to help students reach their full potential and live healthy, productive and independent lives.
For more information, visit www.thelearningspectrum.com.
Information for this story was provided by the Learning Spectrum.