Understanding Autism, with Elizabeth Dulin and Victoria McBride, The Lionheart School – Episode 38, To Your Health With Dr. Jim Morrow
The Lionheart School’s Co-Founders Elizabeth Dulin and Victoria McBride join Dr. Jim Morrow to offer their insights on autism and what they’ve learned in working with children and young people at the school. “To Your Health” is brought to you by Morrow Family Medicine, which brings the CARE back to healthcare.
The Lionheart School
The Lionheart School is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in the year 2000 by a group of parents and professionals who created a supportive and nurturing environment for children with challenges of relating and communicating. Lionheart started in a small cottage on the grounds of the Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, and worked diligently to create a model program that focused on each child’s individual differences.
In 2010, with the support of families, friends, foundations and the community, Lionheart moved into a new building that was designed specifically for the population it serves. The Lionheart School emphasizes relationships, emotional intelligence, abstract critical thinking, problem solving, and social cognition. The academic program integrates the principles of evidence-based practices for students with learning differences while always considering their individual profiles. Each student has an individual learning plan that considers interests, strengths, and preferences, as well as strategies to address targeted challenge areas.
Elizabeth Dulin, M.Ed.
Elizabeth Dulin is the Co-Founder and Head of School. Elizabeth is certified to teach special education, pre-K to 12th grade in the state of Georgia. She received both her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her master’s in Early Childhood Special Education from Vanderbilt University. Elizabeth has worked for over 30 years with children in various settings; including private school, public school, and private practice with families.
Elizabeth, along with Victoria McBride oversees every aspect of the child’s programming at Lionheart. She works closely with families to carefully identify individual needs and address them accordingly. She has a blend of sound teaching practices and specialized training to work with children. Elizabeth is a training leader and expert DIRFloortime™ provider and supervises the implementation of DIR® principles into the curriculum. She has a remarkable understanding of children, and uses the relationship-based approach to foster the growth and progress of each child. She also works with children in small groups utilizing Floortime™. Elizabeth is a fully certified service dog handler for Lionheart’s educational service dog, LANGLEY.
Victoria A. McBride, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Victoria McBride is the Co-Founder and Head of Therapeutic Services. Victoria has a Master’s Degree from the University of Georgia and is a certified and licensed Speech and Language Pathologist. She has worked for over 30 years with children in various settings; including private school, public school, and private practice with families. Victoria, along with Elizabeth Dulin oversees every aspect of the child’s programming at Lionheart. She works closely with families to carefully identify individual needs and address them accordingly.
Her many years of experience has afforded her the opportunity to work with the students to evaluate and assist them in successful transitioning to adulthood; overseeing the vocational and therapeutic aspects of the Lionheart for Life program. She also works with children on their pragmatic language skills, articulation and oral-motor difficulties, as well as other language based challenges. Victoria mentors and supports the teachers and therapists at Lionheart. She is a DIR® certified specialist, embedding DIR® principles in her intervention strategies while working with the students and supervising curriculum objectives.
About Morrow Family Medicine and Dr. Jim Morrow
Morrow Family Medicine is an award-winning, state-of-the-art family practice with offices in Cumming and Milton, Georgia. The practice combines healthcare information technology with old-fashioned care to provide the type of care that many are in search of today. Two physicians, three physician assistants and two nurse practitioners are supported by a knowledgeable and friendly staff to make your visit to Morrow Family Medicine one that will remind you of the way healthcare should be. At Morrow Family Medicine, we like to say we are “bringing the care back to healthcare!” Morrow Family Medicine has been named the “Best of Forsyth” in Family Medicine in all five years of the award, is a three-time consecutive winner of the “Best of North Atlanta” by readers of Appen Media, and the 2019 winner of “Best of Life” in North Fulton County.
Dr. Jim Morrow, Morrow Family Medicine, and Host of “To Your Health With Dr. Jim Morrow”
Dr. Jim Morrow is the founder and CEO of Morrow Family Medicine. He has been a trailblazer and evangelist in the area of healthcare information technology, was named Physician IT Leader of the Year by HIMSS, a HIMSS Davies Award Winner, the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce Steve Bloom Award Winner as Entrepreneur of the Year and he received a Phoenix Award as Community Leader of the Year from the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He is married to Peggie Morrow and together they founded the Forsyth BYOT Benefit, a charity in Forsyth County to support students in need of technology and devices. They have two Goldendoodles, a gaggle of grandchildren and enjoy life on and around Lake Lanier.