Laurie Josey, M. Ed, ITFS


Laurie obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Daemen College in NY and went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Georgia College and State University.


She taught elementary as well as middle school aged children with special needs in public school systems in NY, GA and NC for a total of 11 years. After working in the classroom, she became a Special Education Program Facilitator for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, where she worked with parents, teachers and other service providers such as OTs, PTs and SLPs to develop Individual Education Plans to help students reach their educational, behavioral and social goals. 


In 2010, she began teaching music and movement classes to young children (birth to age 5) and their caregivers focusing on the core areas of development: cognitive, social, motor and language skills.


Laurie believes exposing children to a variety of books, toys and music helps enhance the learning experience and helps children reach desired therapy outcomes.  She encourages parents/caregivers to have an active role in their child’s development by helping them understand the stages of child development and utilize available resources in their home and within the community (libraries, parks, playgrounds).  She views the therapy session as an opportunity to build connections between the child, caregiver and their natural environment.

 

Laurie grew up in Western New York but moved to Georgia for several years before settling in Durham, NC with her husband in 2001.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, walking her labrador retriever, practicing yoga, cooking and cycling.