How I Help
Just as students require an individualized approach to teaching, families benefit from advocacy services that are tailored to their individual needs.
Each family I work with is at a different place in their child’s educational journey and it is my goal to meet each parent where they are and work closely with them to give them the knowledge necessary to become their child’s best advocate.
WHAT I DO
Here are some of the ways I am able to support you:
I can review your child’s educational file to gain a better understanding of their unique needs and help develop a plan on what they need to make effective progress in their educational setting. Documents reviewed include but aren’t limited to: 504 plans, IEP’s, progress reports, report cards, disciplinary records, assessments, evaluations, data and graphs.
I can meet with you to discuss what’s not working in your child’s plan and help strategize the next plan of action. I can advise you on federal and state laws governing special education and provide you with specific strategies and language that you can use when working with your school district. Following the review of your child’s educational file, I am able to recommend evaluations and assessments based on your child’s needs and unique learner profile. I can also help you interpret any assessments so you can walk into your child’s meeting feeling confident you know their current skill level. If issues arise where your child’s 504 Plan or IEP aren’t implemented appropriately, I am able to draft letters, responses, complaints and written requests to school and district administrators.
Let’s be honest, walking into a team meeting for your child can be overwhelming. You may be just one of 5-15 people in the room. I will meet with you prior to your child’s team meeting to review your goals for the meeting and discuss strategy so we can make sure any concerns are addressed at the meeting. I am able to accompany you to any team meetings including initial eligibility, IEP, 504, and transition meetings. I will provide support and guidance, ensure you understand the information being discussed, and make sure the outcome of the meeting is positive.
IEPs and 504 plans are the legally enforceable documents intended to ensure your child is receiving an appropriate education. Having a carefully crafted IEP or 504 Plan tailored to your child’s needs is crucial for their educational progress. As I work with you, I will help to ensure your child’s IEP is comprehensive and that it contains appropriate measurable goals and objectives, accommodations, modifications, and service delivery. I can also help monitor the implementation and effectiveness of your child’s 504 or IEP which would include reviewing goals and measuring against progress on reports or report cards. I can monitor school compliance with legal procedures and timelines to help make sure your school district is providing the services and support to which your child is entitled by law and within identified timeframes.
With over 2 decades of experience in special education, I have developed a vast network of professionals who provide an array of educational services including speech therapists, occupational therapists, diagnostic evaluators, ABA providers, private educational placements, and other medical or therapeutic providers. With the knowledge I have of your child, I am able to make recommendations to other resources and service providers from which your child would benefit.
If your child isn’t making effective progress in their current educational placement and you feel they aren’t receiving a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restricted Environment it may be time to explore alternative placements. I can observe your child in their current educational setting and research and observe alternative or proposed placements to determine which setting will be able to meet your child’s educational needs.
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