About Dona Stallworth, PH.D.
What I Believe
Children don't always use the best strategies to achieve their goals. Sometimes this is because they're not clear about their goals; sometimes they don't recognize the expectations of their environment. Sometimes their predictions about what will work are not accurate, and sometimes they're unwilling to take the risk of trying something different.
Using a variety of methods, I have been very successful helping children assess their social environments, select strategies that will lead to success and feel confident in achieving their goals. My focus is on what the child can do and helping him or her use strengths to solve social problems effectively. In conjunction with that it is important to help parents, teachers, coaches and others learn what supports the child's efforts to succeed.
Forty five years ago Dona Stallworth began teaching in a psychiatric hospital and working as part of a milieu therapy team. This was the beginning of a long term commitment to working with children who solve problems in ways that don’t fit inside socially acceptable limits.
In the ensuing years, she’s completed internships in state hospitals and public schools with students with cognitive deficits and autism spectrum disorders. She’s received her Master’s degree (Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas) and Doctorate (The University of Texas, Austin, Texas) specifically in the area of emotional disturbance with a minor in learning disabilities. She also holds certification as a school administrator and as a cognitive coach.
Dona has taught children and trained teachers and parents across the state of Texas and nationally. She’s been an adjunct staff member of Texas State University as well as teaching at The University of Texas, Austin while a graduate student there. For nine years Dona worked at the Education Service Center, Region 13 and on collaborative projects with the Texas Education Agency. For seven years she was the administrator for an elementary disciplinary alternative education program for a Central Texas school district, and her team was highly successful in returning children to their regular elementary campuses.