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About

Ruth Rosio

MSEd, CADC

ADHD Coach

Executive Function Coach 

Academic Coach

Substance Abuse Counselor

Ruth's passion and forte is and has always been her work with teens and young adults:

  • Struggling with learning and/or behavior difficulties or disorders.

  • Needing to change unhealthy and unhelpful thoughts and behaviors.

  • Needing to grow in their personal and academic lives in new ways that help them realize and actualize their true learning potential.

  • Who are hard to reach or when nothing else has worked.

Ruth has been serving these populations in Wheaton, IL, for over 25 years, and her joy in participating in their journeys toward growth, success, new life, is ever present and always growing! She encourages her clients, guiding them towards realizing and actualizing their goals and dreams, their true strengths, uniqueness, lovability, and success. 

Ruth is equally passionate about working with parents.

Ruth's approach:

Cognitive, behavioral, educational, and relational 

Hallmark features of Ruth's work:

Passion, creativity, enthusiasm, dedication, and humor. Ruth is down to earth, engaging, an encourager, and fun, definitely different from the norm!

Professional Experience

Private practice

 

  • For over 25 years Ruth has been in private practice as a teacher, counselor, coach, and mentor for teens, and young adults with a wide range of presenting behavior disorders or difficulties, academic struggles, and learning disabilities.

 

Behavior Disorders (BD) Teacher

  • Public High School - Head Behavior Disorders (BD) Teacher: Created and ran a self-contained program in a public high school for teens
    with behavior disorders or difficulties, for
    eight years.

     

  • Alternative Junior/Senior High School - Head Behavior Disorders (BD) Teacher: For
    teens with serious behavior disorders.

   

  • Throughout her career as a BD teacher, with the classrooms being self-contained, Ruth taught the majority of her students' courses, creating most of the curriculum each year. She had the freedom to use the most appropriate textbooks for each academic subject to accommodate for the large variation in reading ability. Ruth's students ranged from 4th through 12th grade reading levels, as most of her teens had significant learning disabilities or difficulties as well. Therefore, for most courses, she used 2+ texts per subject.

 

BD Teacher's Assistant

 

  • Teacher's assistant at three closely related alternative schools - elementary grades through senior high, for students with serious
    behavior disorders.

Past Experiences

  • Facilitated a majority of the therapy groups at a Department of Corrections (DOC) addictions treatment facility for adolescent males struggling with substance abuse.

  • Contracted out with DOC to work with ODD and CD adolescent males also struggling with ADHD and/or dyslexia.
     

  • Ran life skills groups at 3/4-way home for adult men recovering from substance abuse.

Education

 

Master's Degree in Special Education:
Behavior & Social/Emotional Disorders, and
Learning Disabilities

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

 

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Visual Arts

Judson University, Elgin, IL

 

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL

Completed full coursework and training in dyslexia and Project Read, spin-off programs of Orton Gillingham: Language Circle, Bloomington, MN

Certifications/Professional Memberships

Maintain dual teaching certifications K-12, in both Behavior and Social/Emotional Disorders (BD/ED) and Learning Disabilities (LD)

 

Maintain CADC standing (Certified Alcohol and other Drug Counselor)

Member of Illinois Association for Behavioral Health

(IABH) and Illinois Certification Board (ICB)

Member of International Dyslexia Association (Everyone Reading Illinois - ERI)

 

Specialized education and training through continual behavior and mental health conferences and workshops - for behavior disorders, including ADHD, substance abuse, and more.

Personal Interests:

  • Sailing, kayaking, hiking, and biking

  • Fine art photography

  • Folk music and Celtic music

  • Road trips/travel

  • Reading

  • Landscapes and gardening

  • Interior design and architecture

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