Sarah C. Wayland, Ph.D.
RDI® Certified Consultant
Location: PO Box 174, Riverdale Park, Maryland, 20738, United States
Phone: +1 (301) 768-8503
Areas Serviced: Maryland, DC & Northern Virginia (USA)
Sarah Wayland is the owner and founder of Guiding Exceptional Parents, LLC where she works as a certified RDI® Consultant, Special Needs Care Navigator, and Parenting Coach. Trained as a research psychologist, her work now focuses on providing parents with the tools they need to help their children with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and other challenges that make it hard to function at school or at home.
She received her Ph.D. in 1990 from Brandeis University in Cognitive Psychology; and worked at Northeastern University, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Study of Language. She was certified as an RDI® Consultant in 2013, became a parent trainer for Dr. Dan Shapiro’s Parent Child Journey class in 2013, completed Ross Greene’s Collaborative & Proactive Solutions Advanced training in 2015, and earned her certification as a PEERS provider in 2018.
She co-hosts the Parenting Autism Summit (http://www.parentingautismsummit.com) with Penny Williams and is an active member of the Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee of Prince George’s County, Maryland having served on their board from 2007-2018. She served on the executive committees of the Individual Differences in Learning Association and the Parents’ Place of Maryland and was a Board Member for The Arc of Prince George’s County for 4 years. She was appointed by the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools to serve on the Special Education State Advisory Committee from 2012 – 2015 and is a Parents’ Place of Maryland Special Education LEADer.
“RDI was life-changing for our whole family; we are now able to teach our children the skills they need, within the rhythm of a normal daily life. This was especially profound for us, as we felt our lives had become anything but normal. Our experience with RDI drove me to become an RDI Consultant. I want to share what we have learned with other families, so I can give them what RDI gave us: Hope.”