Michelle Mallette Academic Consultant, Special Education Advocate, Tutor

Michelle Mallette Academic Consultant, Special Education Advocate, Tutor

Do you need help with your student in school? Do you need help dealing with your school? I have over




This. All of this. 🙌


I know someone who really needs to see this…..

Did you know that a 3-year old (top left image) and a 6-year old (top right image) have significantly different skeletal structure in their hands?! Notice the bones in the wrist of the 3-year old -- many of them are still mostly cartilage! Look at all the spaces in between the bones where muscles and tendons will change through the years. Even the difference between a 6-year old and a 14-year old (lower right) is huge!

Preschoolers have SO much development to do before they can write the way school-aged children or adults can!

Please do NOT stress if your preschooler does not want to write or draw. Some love it and some don't.

While they are growing, strengthen those little bones and muscles! Here are some great pre-writing, muscle-strengthening activities:

* painting, drawing, coloring
* playdough
* tearing and cutting
* gluing
* poking holes in things (try toothpicks and paper!)
* digging in dirt
* building with LEGOS, marble runs, or other blocks
* beading (try beads, cut straws, or even bobbins!)
* puzzles
* squeezing (try stress balls, squeezing water in a sponge, or using a pipette)
* picking up and throwing balls (use different sizes!)
* playing with toys (watch what their little fingers do when they pick up and move little cars, marbles, action figures, etc!)

These all strengthen and help develop little hands, muscles, and bones. When they are physically ready to write, it will be so much easier than if they were pushed when they didn't want to and weren't ready!




All it took was a couple of hours to get to the bottom of client’s needs. They were looking for a tutor, but all they really needed was some guidance. Glad I could help.


“ But also I feel that schools are not safe for kids anymore “

I’m not saying I agree or disagree, but I’ll never forget the time I found out a student had a gun in his backpack inside of my classroom. That was the beginning of a turning point for me.

Here’s something I read earlier. What are your thoughts as parents?


This needs to be updated to include executive functioning and Special Education Advocate. Please share ☺️


Do not let schools or districts gaslight you with "It's not a big deal." Your child is a big deal. Today I took part in a PPT that my client fought tooth and nail to have. She brought 4 advocates, including a doctor to finally come to a satisfactory agreement. Every day leading up to today has been dicey, but it happened.

Not all districts are trying to leave children without services because of lack of staff. However, many are,,,,because they refuse to pay teachers and paraprofessionals their worth. That should not be your problem.


At a recent PPT, the director of pupil services said the word data at least 50 times in 45 minutes. I understand the importance of data, but let’s not go overkill. Can data measure feelings and the depth there of?


There are so many words I could use to try to describe Michelle Mallette as a person… but.. inspirational is my favorite. I struggled for a long time throughout life with school and adhd and just teenage stuff, but one of the constants I always had to have my back and keep me grounded was Michelle. I’ve known this wonderful lady for 15 years in September now, as we’ve all grown and gone through our own phases of life Michelle has taken on the huge responsibility and is dedicating herself to helping us not only when we were in school, but now for our children. Advocacy is so hard to find, especially ones who have been not only immersed in the school settings with ieps/504s, but have the empathy and compassion AND strength that Michelle has. Not only is she offering advocacy; you can find a variety of different services she has from tutoring to parent/teacher coaching! Take it from me, I’m so thankful I was able to have Michelle as a teacher, friend, mentor, and now advocate for our guy Georgie. So grateful for this woman! If you have any questions about what she’s doing or where she can help out send her a message! She is wonderful! Thanks for everything lady, we couldn’t keep this boat afloat without you!

~Erica Soboleski

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