LORI JACKSON, MS, CAGS, LSP

Lori is an educational psychologist who has been working with students with Complex Global Disabilities (CGD) and their families for over 15 years. She believes that all children have the capacity to succeed in school and the right to a quality education. Lori has seen the transformation that is possible when students and educators are given the right tools to overcome their social emotional disabilities and she is passionate about helping more educators experience these breakthroughs. She believes that parents and families need to be involved in the educational process because learning does not happen in a vacuum at school.

Lori holds a B.S. in International Business, Marketing and Finance, an M.S. in Applied Education Psychology, and a CAGS in Applied Educational Psychology all from Northeastern University.

When she’s not brainstorming app features or strategizing new teaching techniques, you can find Lori working in her garden or cooking up delicious creations in the kitchen for her family. She also is an avid sports fan. GO BRUINS! Lori lives in Massachusetts with her husband, her twin daughters and their Labrador retriever named “Blū“.

STEVE PECK, M.Ed.

Steve is a special educator with over 15 years of experience working with students who have multiple and severe disabilities, including CGD. Steve believes that new technology is key to helping students overcome their functional skill deficits in the classroom. Steve has always been both a teacher and a techie at heart and has had great success using technology to augment and enhance learning and communication in the classroom. Steve created several innovative special education programs in public schools that allow students to remain in district at their neighborhood schools and succeed in those classrooms rather than having to face the disruption of a school change.

Steve holds a B.S. from Xavier University and a M.Ed. from Boston College.

Teaching is Steve’s number one passion, but when he’s not in the classroom opening doors for students’ learning or innovating new tools for their benefit, you can find Steve watching sports with his kids, honing his cooking skills, or just relaxing and spending quality time with his family. Steve lives in Massachusetts with his wife, his two kids, and their family dog, “Snickers.”

Our Animated Characters

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Okay, so our characters are not exactly paid members of our staff here at TCM. But, they are an essential part of our strategy and our tools and we love them!

Children with emotional dysregulation disabilities are typically lacking a very basic connection to and understanding of their feelings. Often, they know they feel badly, but they don’t have the language skills and understanding of emotion to understand and explain that they specifically feel sad, or angry, or embarrassed.  Or likewise, they could be elated and happy and may be having difficulty behaving, but it’s tough for them to understand it’s because they are excited about what they are doing after school, or proud of something they did earlier that day.

These small differentiations between emotions are essential to processing those emotions.  A strategy that would help a child who is feeling embarrassed may not be effective if he/she is feeling sad. As teachers and parents, we know this, but we often get stuck in the pattern of asking what’s wrong or using number scales and other tools that don’t connect with real feelings. These kids don’t know how to articulate what’s wrong and will often get frustrated and refuse to try when pushed in this way.

Enter our awesome characters. These animations give visual representation of the emotions a child may be feeling and allow that child to identify for themselves which is the best fit. For a child, it can be less scary to identify an emotion coming from a character rather than from a real person or especially looking at those emotions in themselves. The characters are non-threatening and display a wide range of emotions. The names of the emotions and behaviors are also customizable to accommodate for slight variations in naming or even changes in language.

Over time, your child can develop a deeper understanding of their emotions and how to process them with the help of our animated characters.