Mariana Leñero Solar
For over 17 years, Mariana Leñero has dedicated her professional life to the support of children and adolescents with learning disabilities as well as to assisting their families with advice on tools and strategies to help their children. In 1995, she founded the Centro Integra in Mexico City where she is in charge of conducting the evaluations, structuring the therapeutical programs and counseling parents and teachers. At present, Mariana is a Psychoeducational Advisor at the Learning Rights Law Center in California, a legal services nonprofit that fights for the a child´s right to education. She is in charge of teaching parents the fundamental aspects of the psychometric assessments as part of the TIGER (Training Individuals for Grass Roots Education Reform) program.
Mariana has a BA in Neurolinguistics and Psycho pedagogy from the Colegio Superior de Neurolingüística y Psicopedagogía in Mexico City. Her thesis on Parameters of Development and Learning Problems in Preschool and Elementary School Children: An Assessment Approach received an Honorable Mention Award from the examiners committee. She has a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Jaen in Spain and one in Forming and Training Teachers from UNINI in Puerto Rico. She taught at the same school from which she graduated and has worked in a number of hospitals in Mexico City in the area of phoniatrics and creating programs for adult aphasia patients. She is a thesis adviser and participates in investigation projects related to neuro- psycho-pedagogic diagnosis, perceptual problems and the relationship between the process of self-esteem and learning.