Operations & Admissions, Building & Grounds Committees
Sharon Altschwager, LCPC
Sharon Altschwager began her work with children back in her undergraduate years. Sharon started her career in education after graduating with a B.A. in Elementary Education from California State University, Sacramento and continued with teaching in special education, elementary education, physical education, and coaching. After fourteen years of teaching, she decided to further her education and attend graduate school. Sharon received her M.S. in Counseling from the University of Great Falls. After three years of internship counseling children, adolescents, and adults, she passed the Montana state board exam and received her LCPC in 2008. From 2008 - 2011 Sharon was working with Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED) children as a psychotherapist in an elementary school. In 2011, Sharon began her journey in private practice, joining Good Grief Counseling, LLP.
It was in 2004 that Sharon became acquainted with Judith Jonas and her Sensory Ladder Learning Program. Sharon was able to see the benefit, uniqueness and potential that this program offered in helping children wit learning difficulties. Sharon also saw the potential in using sensory stimulation in her therapy practices to optimize client’s mental health. Since that time, Sharon began working with Judi to integrate therapeutic and educational practices, all based on neurology and brain research, to help individuals achieve their potential for learning and growing in emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, and physical, developmental areas.
In 2015, Sharon’s practice began seeing an increase of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, especially Autism. Listening to parents and their children talk about the difficulties within the public school system, Sharon decided to gather information and enlist other professionals in working together towards a school that could meet the needs of individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.