Tuesday, February 20th, 2018


Challenging  Kids, Inc. is the collaborative project of Leslie E. Packer, Ph.D. and Sheryl K. Pruitt, M.Ed. ET/P.  Both of us are professionals working with children and teens with a variety of neurological disorders.  We also both have family members who are affected by many of the disorders covered on this site.  It was our children’s struggles which led each of us to get more involved professionally.

Leslie E. Packer, PhD
Leslie is a licensed psychologist in New York.  After obtaining a doctorate in experimental psychology, she taught in academia before starting clinical work at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital Center. She has been in private practice since 1983, the past 12 years of which have involved working with children and teens with basal ganglia-related disorders such as Tourette’s Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, mood disorders, and other associated disorders. Her practice includes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Tics (formerly called Habit Reversal Training). In addition to providing treatment services, she also provides consulting services for school districts as well as workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians.

Leslie served on the board of directors of the Tourette Syndrome Association of Long Island and on the national Tourette Syndrome Association’s Education and Advocacy committees.  She also served on the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island. An active advocate for children with special needs, she also chaired the New York State Psychological Association’s Task Force on the Use of Aversive Controls with Children.

Leslie has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Neurologic Clinics and Behavior Modification, and is the author of the  Tourette Syndrome “Plus,” TS+ Blog, and SchoolBehavior.com web sites. She has also written a new book for parents and educators on useful accommodations for students with neurological disorders, Find a Way or Make a Way, available from Parkaire Press.

Sheryl K. Pruitt, M.Ed., ET/P
Sheryl (“Sherry”) Pruitt is the Clinical Director of Parkaire Consultants, a clinic she founded to serve  neurologically impaired individuals.  She is also an educational consultant, a professional educational therapist, and a certified teacher.

Prior to the founding of Parkaire Consultants, Sherry conducted a State of Georgia exemplary Model Learning Disability Program and taught behavior-disordered students in a psychoeducational setting. She has served on the Board of the Tourette Syndrome Association of Georgia and also on the national Tourette Syndrome Association’s Education Committee. She has been on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Tourette Syndrome Association of Georgia and South Carolina as well as the Tourette Spectrum Disorder Association of California. She is a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada.

Sherry has taught State of Georgia Professional Learning Unit courses for over ten years. With Warren Walter, Ph.D., she helped contribute to the Educator’s Guide for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada. With Marilyn Dornbush, Ph.D., she wrote Teaching the tiger: A handbook for individuals involved in the education of students with attention deficit disorders, Tourette Syndrome or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Hope Press, 1995). Her new book with Marilyn Dornbush, Ph.D., Tigers, TooExecutive Functions/Speed of Processing/Memory, is available from  Parkaire Press.

Our book, Challenging Kids, Challenged Teachers: Teaching Students with Tourette’s, Bipolar Disorder, Executive Dysfunction, OCD, ADHD, and More is published by Woodbine House.