Tammie E. Ward has over five years’ experience. As the executive director and owner of Seed House, Inc., she is responsible for working with children and their families, helping those with developmental disorders, and mental illness. Tammie educates parents and schools to help with diagnoses, resources, and programs. She is a Certified Family Support Specialist and is currently a candidate for her A.A.S in Social Work from Southwest Tennessee Community College and B.S. in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Capella University youth, teens and their families who have been in trouble in the home and school. The program sets youth, teens and their families up for success by providing services that work to resolve the underlying causes of their misbehavior. seed House provides mentoring programs, a parent advocacy academy, and school workshops led by a Certified Family Support Specialist and mentors. In her spare time, Tammie enjoys spending time with her family, going to the spa and travel.
During our workshops, parents can request one-on-one mentoring sessions by filling out our free signup sheets. There is no limit to the number of mentoring sessions a family can request. Once they signed up, they will be eligible to receive the following: (provided that the household demonstrates the need):
Aside from the individual mentoring sessions, we also provide monthly group/individual counseling to parents of people with learning disabilities and other disorders such as autism, cerebral palsy, ADHD, and more. These sessions are free and available to anyone interested to attend.
It’s not always easy to tell others that your child has challenges managing their thoughts or feelings. And it might not be easy for your child to express that either. Even though it is normal for people of any age to experience these challenges, our culture has told us we need to fear them. In this video, we ask why it is this way and what we can all do to give each other the support we need to get help.
We provide a Certified Family Support Specialist. A family support specialist help and reach family to determine their strengths and needs and set goals with the family to develop strategies to reach these goals in their homes or community. We coordinator with other services and resources both within and outside of formal service delivery system. Interview and gather relevant information from other agencies in order to coordinate possible courses of service delivery. And, we participate in collaborative relationships with the community and one another, sharing resources to best move toward the vision.
In August 2017, our daughter Ashley Ryan, moved in with us along with her seven children ages arrange from 2 to 11. Her youngest, then 2-year old Jeremie or Big Man (as we called him) was blind, had cerebral palsy and scoliosis, and was fed using a feeding tube. He needed a lot of care so my family along with our others two daughters (Tia an Ta'mara) decided to help.
A few months into the move, Ashley experienced a severe nervous breakdown. Upon seeking help, she was diagnosed with manic depression, bipolar disorder, and a learning disability. She stayed in several mental facilities to get better.
While she was away, we seek help for her children. It was at this time that we noticed the kids were not able to grasp basic instructions such as how to tie their shoes, do basic mathematics, read and comprehend. When we had them tested, they were diagnosed with a learning disability, developmental delays, and other mental disorders.
Clueless about what to do, we started attending workshops and finding resources to learn fully about the children’s cases and how to cope or properly manage them. We successfully got all the seven children into the Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), counseling sessions, and therapies.
While their mother was still on the road to recovery, we decided to adopt all the seven kids in September 2018. However, a year after that, we lost Big Man at the age of 4. We mourned the loss of our dear boy. This tragedy made us realize the importance of help and support to the families of children with disabilities. We realized that mental Illness does exist by all platforms (Normal and showing physical impairments). This is how our organization was brought forward.
We are supported by Seed House, Inc. and other organizations.