Wendi M Schirvar, PhD specializes in children and adolescents with advanced development by addressing a variety of issues including dysynchronous development; parenting non-compliant and resistant behaviors; executive functioning, attentional and emotion regulation deficits; twice exceptionalities; behavioral dysregulation; and learning problems. With a background in Child Development, Attachment Research, Parent Education and Educational Psychology, she brings an eclectic blend of theory and practice to her work assisting individuals with specific behaviors as well as parenting issues (strengthening families and redirecting difficult behaviors), testing concerns, school advocacy, educational planning and family goal setting. Building on her doctoral research addressing the role of pragmatics in social skill deficits, she is currently invested in providing resources the research-based PEERS program to provide practical and successful social skills to children and adolescents.
Dr. Schirvar served as the Minnesota Liaison to the national organization SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted Students), and Legislative liaison to MN Council for Gifted & Talented. She is a frequently sought presenter to local and national professional and parent groups as she brings humor and experience to her presentation of best practices. Her philosophy is grounded in the premise that all families have strengths, apparent or yet to be discovered, and her “work” is to empower, coach and support families to realize and maximize their strengths together. She is impassioned to bring this to fruition through a soon-to-be-published book to support parents and providers on teaching emotional awareness and regulation. Most of the time you will find her regulating herself through numerous outdoor adventures or fear-inducing challenges!