Patricia Simpson is a lifelong resident of New Jersey, mother of 4 and grandmother of 7. She attended public school in Jersey City and upon graduation relocated to Plainfield, New Jersey. Her love for Jersey City and family brought her back. After holding several jobs, she applied for a position with Jersey City Public Schools and was hired as a secretary. During her employment, she explored the possibility of becoming a teacher. She had no idea what area would be her concentration.
In1988 Patricia gave birth to her fourth child. It was a difficult pregnancy causing her to leave her employment early. Her son Amir was born premature and diagnosed with a heart condition, due to the severity he had several close calls resulting in surgery. As her son started to improve, sadly he was classified as autistic at the age of 3.
The diagnose of autism and severity of his heart condition became stressful and difficult for her and the other siblings.
Patricia was determined to balance the care of her children with school.
She received her Associates in Early Childhood and continued to Jersey City State College to pursue her Bachelor's degree. Her concentration was Sociology with a minor in Education. She received her degree in 2000 while working part-time as a tutor for Juvenile Justice Commission tutoring at-risk youth between the ages of 13-18. While working part-time she was offered a full-time position as a Special Education Teacher with the Jersey City Public School System.
She accepted the position and went on to pursue her Masters in Special Education which she received in 2007.
Through her experience as a mother and teacher of those with special needs, Miracle Link Inc. was founded in 2008. The mission of the organization was to provide information and advocacy to those families who face challenges on a daily basis.
The efforts moving forward will be a tribute to her son, Amir Simpson who passed away on November 11, 2016.
As the president and founder of Miracle Link Inc. a not for profit organization in the county of Hudson based in Jersey City, New Jersey, through my travels I have identified needs of a particular population of people. Those who suffer in silence and isolate themselves from their real problems. These people are the underserved, they are those with special needs.
Our organizational goals are to present information relative to support services in collaborating with outside agencies. Many of the challenges these children and families face are often overwhelming. We are going to strive to take that awkward feeling of helplessness to a new level called hope.
We must begin the conversation that is long overdue to raise the question where do we begin. The answer seems complex. It is time to roll up our sleeves and begin to help each other. It can be done by sharing its been said over and over again that knowledge is power. We in the community have the power to make change.
Patricia Simpson, President
What is twice exceptional (2e)? The term “twice exceptional” or “2e” refers to intellectually gifted children who have one or more learning disabilities such as dyslexia, ADHD, or autism spectrum
disorder. Twice-exceptional children think and process information differently.
Many parents of gifted children with ADHD report having been called by their child’s teacher to discuss their child’s disruptive behaviour in class. Teachers will often report that the child’s high level of agitation distracts other students and that they have trouble following instructions.
Although the teacher may say a child’s impulsive behaviour needs to be closely monitored, the teacher may also remark on the child’s impressive creativity. After hearing this, many parents will go on a search for answers, which often culminates in a request for a neuropsychological evaluation. With a little luck, the right identification will be made: giftedness and ADHD.
I am a retired special education teacher and a resident of Jersey City. Since the pandemic and before I have encountered many parents who have expressed difficulty in understanding the IEP process.
I as an IEP Coach will be offering in the community free information workshops. The free workshops will cover parts of an IEP as well as the purpose of a 504 Plan. Due to the severity of Omicron these free workshops will be conducted by Zoom. Workshop attendees will be by invitation or referral, a link will be provided via email prior to scheduled workshop.
Each case will be unique regarding the needs of the child. Individual consultation 1:1 is an option by appointment only. Fees will be discussed on a case by case basis. The initial 15 minute consultation will be free of charge. 1:1 meetings will be charged an hourly rate.
Registration for upcoming workshops and consultations will be scheduled by email or text.
If you are interested in speaking with me concerning my services, please don’t hesitate to contact me to schedule an appointment by phone or Zoom