The Lake Pointe Academy Team
....are credentialed and highly-qualified professionals experienced in working with children/adolescents living with complex learning differences.
Sarah Laing, MS, NMT, Board Certified Music Therapist
BJ McVey, BS, Yoga Instructor
Madalyn Cano, MSSW, LMSW - Founder/President
Madalyn completed her undergraduate in Social Work in 1991 from SWAU, and Master's in Social Work from UTA with an emphasis in Administration and Community Practice in 1997. Madalyn brings a unique perspective as a professional and parent of a child with special learning needs. With 30 years experience serving administrative and clinical roles in neuropsychiatric residential treatment for children and youth, hospital and community based health care and mental health, crisis care programs for children, adolescents, and families including substance abuse intervention, domestic violence, parenting education and infant developmental assessments, involvement in various programs targeting educational and developmental needs of children in the Tarrant County area, and has served on the Board of Directors for Families for Effective Autism Treatment - North Texas.
Madalyn has held the professional licenses and certifications of Licensed Child Care Administrator, Clinical Case Manager, Special Education Advocate, RTS-Grief and Crisis Response, Parent Training Facilitator, as well as numerous hours of continued education in the areas of children's mental health, family and children's services, administration, program development and evaluation, as well as Autism Spectrum Disorders. In addition, has previously served as a student-intern supervisor, and adjunct faculty at the Bachelor's level School of Social Work program at Southwestern Adventist University, in Keene, Tx.
As a parent of a now 19 year old on the Autism Spectrum, Madalyn has dedicated much of the last 17 years to research and further education in the area of neurobehavioral conditions, while accessing a wide variety of services needed for support and advocacy of her own son’s educational and developmental needs. Madalyn and her husband, Steve, also have two adult daughters, and a grandson.
Besides increasing access to therapeutic & educational programs for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Bipolar, and other neurologically based social, behavioral and developmental differences, Madalyn's professional goals include creating a climate and environment where students with learning differences can not only benefit from current research in learning based programs, but will spark a paradigm shift from a "disability" view, to one of understanding, embracing and responding to "Neurodiversity" from a strength based and solution focused perspective.
Madalyn strongly believes in the necessity of including parents and outside professionals into the educational process so there is truly a "team" effort towards each student's success in school, home and in the community, with the end goal of preparing students for maximum level of independence. Madalyn conducts individual and group counseling implementing the principles of Cognitive and Dialectical behavioral intervention, and coaching to build self-esteem, strong character and relationship/social skill development towards resilience in overcoming life's set backs. Madalyn practices the belief that all students can thrive when there is a strong sense of "belonging" and "significance" woven into and from their environment and interactions with others.
*Madalyn's foundational philosophies include the cumulative works from Berry Brazelton (Touchpoints), Thomas Armstrong (Neurodiversity), Stanley Greenspan (Floortime), Ross Greene (Collaborative Problem Solving), Mel Levine (All Kinds of Minds), and Howard Glasser (Nurtured Heart Approach). Program practices are based on, but not limited to, the techniques of Carol Kranowitz (Out of Sync Child), Tony Attwood (Asperger's Syndrome), Michelle Garcia Winner (Social Thinking), and Ellen Notenbome (10 Things...), and research from the M.I.N.D institute at UCBerkley.
In addition to academic program development, administrative responsibilities, providing teacher and student support, Madalyn leads the parent support groups for the Resource Center and works to develop external funding supports to keep tuition for families reasonable, while developing community partnerships and networking for program growth.
Madalyn is the organization's founder and chief program visionary, but attributes the inspiration of Lake Pointe to God's blessings in her own life and the desire to "give back" or "pay it forward". Madalyn is a non-paid contributor, donating all of her time.
As we grow, we will be adding to our TEAM...
If you are interested in learning more about joining our Team, we invite your inquiry through our "contact us" page or by phone.
- We are interested in individuals who are degreed, certified and professionally licensed, as well as experienced implementing evidence based programs of instruction for children with learning disabilities and behavioral differences.
- You must posses a high degree of integrity, passion for making a difference, and willingness to be part of a dynamic team of professionals experienced in working with children and families, you may be a great candidate to join us as we grow.
- In addition, we screen, train and develop strong relationships with students enrolled in college level education programs, and professional level volunteers.
- Our priority is providing a safe and therapeutically sound social and educational experience that leads to student's progress, as well as developmental & emotional growth that leads towards life success.
We look forward to getting acquainted with well qualified and highly committed individuals!
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