As a a parent of a child with a disability, I've had the opportunity to sit on both sides of the table at IEP meetings. I've listened to teams of professionals share their input on what is "best" for my child, minimizing my concerns or suggestions, and making my child fit into their programming, rather than thinking "outside of the box" and offering an individualized approach to his needs. I know the frustration, desperation and concern that a parent feels as they are unsure of which path is the best to take in order to help their child succeed.
As a special education teacher for the past 9 years, I've learned how to navigate a very complex system in order to provide appropriate services and supports for students with different abilities. I've taught a wide array of special education classes in the private and public sector of education. I've worked with students ranging in grades from middle school thru adult developmental day programs. My experience has been with learning disabilities (SLD), emotional and behavioral disturbances (ED), severe/profound cognitive impairments, Autism and ADHD (OHI) in the self-contained and inclusion settings. Having written more than 150 IEPs and worked with numerous administrators and teachers to develop appropriate individualized educational plans that are student-focused, my experience from an "insider's path" has provided me with the necessary tools to properly advocate on behalf of families. On this journey, my passion is to support families by sharing my knowledge and expertise in order to best serve their child. Being an advocate has allowed me to make a bigger difference for the success of students with different abilities.
Please call me at 708-205-0150 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for a complimentary 30 minute consultation to discuss your child's educational plan.