Carolina López Jiménez|
Child, adolescent and adult therapist
Languages: English and Spanish
Carolina started her academic life studying a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in which she would develop through various internships and volunteer service with patients afflicted with serious mental illnesses in the Assistance Center of Ciempozuelos, female victims of gender violence in the Town Hall of Alcalá de Henares and families with intellectual disabilities in the “Unidad de Respiro Familiar”.
After finishing her degree, Carolina moved to Finland where she spent a year working in a bilingual Spanish-Finnish preschool where she presented a project which received financing from the EU for development of academic activities which would favor bilingualism from preschool education. It was there where she discovered her true calling: psycho-educational work and support of those with learning difficulties in multilingual settings.
Upon returning to Spain, she had the opportunity to work on a team at a juvenile detention center where she developed psycho-educational functions of academic support and social reintegration. Meanwhile, she continued her post-graduate studies in Early Assistance through which she would have real life interactions with children with special needs and learn about their early detection and the need for a multidisciplinary approach.
The next natural step for her, without a doubt, was to study Psycho-Education which would permit her to learn more profoundly the distinct causes of scholastic failure as well as the measures to avoid it and help each student achieve their maximum potential. So she completed her practicum at a public school in the Community of Madrid where she was able to develop the abilities and competencies necessary to work in the Orientation Department: detection of learning difficulties, evaluation and diagnosis, intervention through specially designed support according to the needs of each student and design and implementation of curricular adaptation.
Starting five years ago, Carolina collaborates with Sinews as a learning specialist forming part of the Orientation Team for the Aquinas American School, counseling teachers and families and realizing intervention for the students of the school in need.
As such, through SINEWS, Caroline is the Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO) for IE University (Madrid and Segovia), responsible for the evaluation of learning difficulties of the students and the design and monitoring of curricular adaptations for those students with special educational needs.