Katy Shamitz, Founder
Katy believes that all children are born to a superpower- some just need a bit of extra love and support to reveal theirs.
For fifteen years, Katy has been connecting with young people through real life guidance, humor, and practical strategies. She believes that by shining a bright light on kids’ strengths, they can learn to develop their areas for growth. Katy understands that the best way to help kids grow socially is to connect them with like minded peers- and to offer genuine opportunities for real friendship. While Katy has a great deal of experience with Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, NVLD, and AD(H)D, she fundamentally believes in seeing the person, not their diagnosis. She will always refer to a child by name… never by label.
Katy’s background in school counseling has provided a meaningful understanding of the challenges, both social and academic, that young people encounter on a daily basis. She gets how schools work- and has a strong ability to productively connect with teachers, administrators, specialists, and parents on behalf of a child.
Katy founded Skills for Living as a home based social coaching service in 2007 after leaving the public schools to care for her young family. In 2011, Katy opened a little office on Grove Street in Norwell to connect her students in small social learning groups, and nine months later opened the Skills for Living Center on Accord Park Drive. She believes in openly sharing her experience, content, (and mistakes!). Katy is an energetic public speaker, and provides talks and trainings for parents and educators. Twice annually, she teaches professionals from all around the country how to launch programs like Skills for Living. Katy is presently in the process of founding and directing The Chapman Farm School, an independent project-based middle & high school on the South Shore.
Katy is a certified school counselor in Massachusetts. She received her undergraduate degree in Education and Psychology from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts and her Masters in Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. In 2013, she was recognized as one of the South Shore’s 40 under 40.
Katy is an urban transplant living on a farm in East Bridgewater with her husband Rob, children Tyler and Jennie. The family has a goldendoodle, four goats, and six chickens.