HELLO, I'M PAT MATTAS
Tell your story, Pat! That's the advice my BFF gave to me when I told her that I was creating a website. My response - Yes, of course, tell my story. So why are my hands sweating and my heart pounding? Perhaps, I am reacting to the inner voice that taunts - Speak your truth, and you'll be laughed off the Web. But, I am quickly reminded - the truth makes people free. Thus, let me throw off the shackles of fear and doubt, and open wide the gate into my life and heart.........
June 4, 2010 was a watershed moment for me. It marked the end of sixteen years as a full-time homeschooling mom. My three children were embarking on their college years, and I was about to be left with an empty nest and no identity.
My empty nest was filled with the nagging question: What could I, a single parent who had been out of the mainstream workforce for sixteen years, do to support three college-bound children? When I listened to my head, it said, Return to Hartford Hospital. Don't waste the ten years of nursing experience gained in the operating room and neonatal intensive care unit. When I listened to the world, it said, You’ll fail if you don’t upgrade your education. Instead, I chose to listen to the voice within; it said, Follow your passion – teaching.
In 2010, I opened my door for tutoring. I began tutoring grades K-12 in reading, writing, handwriting, spelling, reading comprehension, grammar, literature, elementary math, mid-level math, Algebra I & II, geometry, and SAT prep. In addition to my private practice, I was also teaching reading/writing remediation to high school students in the Wesleyan University Upward Bound Program. Throughout this period, I taught students from Burundi, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Jamaica, China, and Russia.
By 2011, my practice included children with special needs: Asperger’s, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, OCD, and sensory disorders. Disconcerted by the vast number of children with multiple dysfunctions, I started searching for answers. I discovered Brain Integration Therapy (BIT). From the moment I began BIT, remarkable changes occurred in my students.
In 2012, as I was scanning my emails, a message from Advanced Brain Technologies (ABT) caught my attention. Ordinarily, I am quick to delete what I consider advertisements. Not this time! I opened it. The program was called The Listening Program (TLP)....it was an answer to prayer. Within three months, I became a Certified Provider of TLP. Since incorporating TLP into my practice, I and my clients have become the recipients of life-changing brain improvements.
In 2015, I continued my quest to understand neuroplasticity. I became an Authorized Provider of ABT’s latest brain health program – inTime. The implementation of inTime has opened vistas of change for my clients that never seemed possible.
Every day when I awake, I thank God for the privilege of being able to witness children and adults becoming their personal best. I am humbled and awed that He allows me to be an instrument in His hands.