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Renee Mattson is the founder of Child in Bloom parent and educational coaching. Renee and her husband Toby are in the middle of raising their three children who are 15, 13, and 8. She continually finds herself drawn to children, parents and teachers in need of support during difficult times. Renee is a master teacher and coach with 20 years experience in the field of education where she has held the following roles:
Renee’s approach to coaching is based on the principle of parents are their child’s first teacher. Parents therefore need to assume nothing and teach, model, and practice everything. She offers parents a balanced approach that is clear, matter of fact, and encourages self-regulation of the parent and child. Parents who hear her presentations walk away saying, “I could listen to Renee all night.” or “Wow! I finally have some tools in my back pocket!” Renee presents to large and small groups and focuses much of her practice on individual observations and conversations in person or on the phone.
Anne Jaroszewicz is so pleased to be joining Child in Bloom as a formally trained parent coach. She has been working and training with Renee Mattson for the last two years as the first graduate of Child in Bloom University. Anne has been practicing parenting skills for 25 years and, with her husband Ted, has raised three young men, ages 26, 24 and 20. Anne has also taught Sunday school to 1st through 6th graders at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati and is a coach for Indian Hill High School’s girls’ lacrosse team. Anne has counseled a number of families dealing with autism spectrum issues and others just looking for help in dealing with moody teenagers! Anne is optimistic, upbeat, and creative in her problem solving approaches. She believes every child is unique, and tapping into that uniqueness is a crucial step to changing behavior. Anne will be focusing on connecting our services to churches, schools and families in the Cincinnati Area.
Territories: Mariemont, Terrace Park, Indian Hill, Montgomery, and she will also support parents who live and work in Downtown Cincinnati and Cincinnati area Churches.
Specialities: Helping churches provide parenting programs as part of their family ministry programs, Supporting school age children with mild autism, ADHD and other unique needs, Working with new moms and parents of strong willed children.
Rachel Caswell would say that working with children is more than just a career; it is her passion. This passion for counseling and encouraging children is one of the things in her life that makes her better and at the same time brings her so much joy. After graduating from the University of Kentucky she worked as an elementary school teacher before she took her current position as a school counselor. During her tenure as counselor she was blessed with her daughter Everly. Life changed in so many good ways and also so many challenging ways at that point. The balancing act of being a parent and being an educator can be difficult. Luckily, Rachel ran across one of the parenting workshops offered by Child in Bloom. She fell in love with everything Child in Bloom had to offer and continues to utilize the knowledge she gained from the workshops as her and her family have made the decision to pursue an adoption from Uganda, Africa. At this point in her journey she realizes more than ever that being a parent is not an easy job, and it is not something we should try and do alone. Her family is growing and as it does her goal on the Child in Bloom team is to be vulnerable and offer families the authentic support they need to bring joy and laughter into their home even when things feel tough. She looks forward to working with families all over the Northern Kentucky area.
Territory and Specialties: Northern Kentucky Parents, Churches and Schools looking for support for parents, Adoptive Parents, School Counseling, Early Childhood, School Age Support, Early Childhood Parenting Support
Gretchen hails from generations of compassionate and creative moms and teachers. As a young mom herself, Gretchen is excited to join the team, because Child in Bloom lines up well with her background in teaching elementary school students, coaching athletes, and counseling college students. She has coached people for almost 10 years, in several different contexts. After learning from excellent teachers at Mariemont High School in Cincinnati and Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, Gretchen achieved her early childhood and elementary teaching degree and license. She then taught third grade in Philadelphia with Teach for America. Next, she then developed college students as leaders for 7 years as a campus minister.
Gretchen and her husband Danny live in Columbus, and they have two young children – a 2-year-old girl, and a 5-month-old boy. Their children cause them to both laugh with amazement, and to look for as many resources as they can find about how to parent well.
Gretchen loves parenting because it combines her passion for developing children, her classroom discipline strategies, and her creativity. Her cleverness expresses itself through enjoyable moments rewarding kids with ‘poop stamps’, establishing ‘take a break’ spaces, and empowering through choices.
She loves children’s bookstores, “craft-ernoons”, cardiosculpt class, and camping. Gretchen believes a key to parenting is to give kids independence early and often. She looks forward to working with you and seeing you and your children bloom!
Territory and Specialities: Columbus and Central Ohio Parents, Christian Coaching, Preschoolers, Elementary School, Tweens and Teens Parenting Support, Churches and Schools looking for support for parents
Aaron earned his teaching license and Master of Education Degree(Special Education: Moderate/Intensive) at Xavier University in May of 2015. He provided home care instruction for an adult with autism spectrum disorder as an independent provider for Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services form 5/2014- 8/2015. This experience confirmed his love for working in special education, and he formed a strong bond with both the individual he worked with and the parents. He accepted his first teaching job as an intervention specialist in January of 2015 at Horizon Science Academy in Cincinnati, and thoroughly enjoyed his time working with kids from Kindergarten through 4th grade who had significant academic and behavioral needs. Currently, he is working at Cooper High School in Union, KY as an autism specialist in a self-contained autism classroom. At school, every day is a new adventure and he is very passionate about teaching his students the skills they need to succeed and become independent.
Territory and Specialties: Northern Kentucky Parents, Churches and Schools who need support for Parents, Preschoolers, Elementary Students, Tweens and Teens, Special Education and Autism.
Born and raised in Ohio, Abby moved to Chicago after earning her Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Ball State University. There she worked at a school for children on the Autism Spectrum, served as Director of Speech Language Pathology at an established developmental clinic in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood and was an independent in-home speech therapy provider. She and her husband, John moved back to Ohio after having their son, Oscar, in June of 2015. Abby is passionate about being a mom, wife and therapist and she is excited to add parent coach to her name. Working with families has brought her so much joy and she strives to always embed principles of relationship based therapy and believes strong collaboration and communication with families optimizes success.
Territories and Specialities: Abby will be focusing on the East side of Cincinnati and Dayton area. Families, babies, preschoolers and elementary are her specialty, as well as the following areas: Language Development, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Development Disabilities, Parent Coaching, Behavioral Intervention with a Social Emotional Focus, Social Cognition and Behavioral Intervention Family Strategies.
This June, Abby will begin working towards her Infant Massage Certification and hopes to support families around the city with gentle techniques and integrate her speech pathology background to facilitate early communication cues and close bonding between new parents and their baby.
Working with children and families is Ella’s passion…..her lifelong career! After her education at Michigan State University and Ohio University, her teaching experiences included Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grades. And also working as a remediation coach for Reading and Math.
Ella is the proud mother of four children ranging in age from 14 to 22. She was fortunate enough to have been a stay at home mom which included many hats of being a coach, PTA president, MOMS club president, girl scout leader and many more hats which all revolved around kids. Ella is an excellent additon to our team with her school experience in early childhood and middle school teaching. She is thrilled to be supporting and working with parents and families in the Greater Cincinnati area coaching parents on doable strategies to help their children bloom!
These parenting workshops couldn't have come at a better time! I finally feel like I have the tools to help me parent in a more positive and productive way. The small group setting really allows everyone an opportunity to express specific scenarios/situations that are REAL and happening in our homes. Lynne G. (mother of two girls)
As a professional who works with children of all ages and a mother of two, I have found Child in Bloom's ideas and suggestions practical and extremely helpful. I have incorporated many of the strategies into my daily routines both at home and at work. Child in Bloom coaches provide guidance in a kind, caring and warm manner leaving you feeling empowered not judged. I am grateful for their expertise and the many amazing tips I have learned from Child in Bloom that have made daily life with the kids flow more smoothly! Melissa Child Therapist and Mother of Two
Thank you for traveling to Columbus to speak to our MOPS group. It was a pleasure to have you present at both our morning meeting and the evening workshop with husbands. Several of our moms have mentioned that their husbands have been trying out some of your “tricks” :) You do an excellent job conveying good parenting strategies. Everyone walks away with new ideas and feeling energized… Awesome! Kara MOPS Event Coordinator
Renee and her team have great insight when consulting on the family dynamics with children. The biggest impact was her noticing my son’s unique needs; she planted the seed, and this started a journey into understanding my child. I truly did not know what was really happening within his mind and body. We are now on the right path. Lori Working Mother of Two
With Child in Bloom, I’ve bought an apple tree, whereas before I was buying an individual apple. Now I have the tools, and the confidence to make the hard parenting choices. I now know it’s okay to be firm, and REALLY mean it while being kind. Stay at home Mother of Two who used to use the Attachment Parenting Approach
We love Child in Bloom! We have been having a coach come to our home for one on one sessions since the Spring! It has all been a great experience! They noticed that my son has specialized needs that contribute to his behaviors. Our coach has helped with behavior problems and OT helps with sensory issues. I finally am getting help and not going to crazy! We are so much better with this Child in Bloom support! He is a completely different kid. We have hosted a parenting party at our home and we just signed up for the couples’ workshop which meets four times this fall. It’s so nice to be on the same page with your partner. Carol Mother of preschooler and toddler
Child in Bloom has taught me that there are numerous ways to approach the difficulties that parents face while raising children, whatever they may be: sleep, behavior, eating, etc. Every relationship between a child and a parent is different and every child has his or her unique challenges. Our Child in Bloom coach is excellent at providing the tools to help you determine and apply the methods that will work best for you and your family. It is not a one size fits all approach. Instead, Child in Bloom coaches tailor their guidance to meet your family’s needs and they set you up for success. Of course there will always be bumps along the way as children age and move through different developmental stages but, they give you concrete tools to help manage the challenging times. Our coach also helped put me at ease with trying not to be the perfect parent and, once that pressure was off, it became more about enjoying my family, even during the more difficult moments. They have been instrumental in my growth and ability as a parent and I highly recommend Child in Bloom for your family. Jenny Mother of Preschooler and new baby boy
This presentation really was fabulous!! The content was thorough and to the point. You gave us so many practical tools and the theories behind them. Thank you so much for sharing your time, passion, experiences and expertise. I hope we can work together again! Greta Schraer of Cincy Nanny