Why Hire an Advocate?

Due to the complex nature of kids today, educational advocates are now one of the primary tools that  informed-parents seek out during the special education intervention process.

Though anyone can learn the basic laws and rights & responsibilities to advocacy, it is the insightful guidance, intuitive support and collaborative negotiation attributes that are unique to those who have walked the “the first-hand pathway as a special educator" that can make a big difference in getting districts to provide appropriate and effective services for your child.

We can help help families of children with Different Abilities such as:

  • ADHD
  • Asperger’s
  • Autism
  • Emotional Disabilities/Anxiety/Depression
  • Behavioral Difficulties
  • Language Impairments
  • Physical Impairments
  • Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)
  • School Refusal
  • Or other health conditions

Ensuring that your child receives the education that he or she deserves is my primary focus. I want every child to reach his/her full potential.

Services Provided

Consultative Services

Short consultative services to assist you with a specific problem or issue as related to your child's current educational plan.

Eligibility/IEP & 504 Plans

I will:

  • Phone or E-mail consultation with parents to obtain information about their child and provide advice/recommendations
  • Review of Records: child’s evaluations, report cards, assessments, developmental history, current/past IEPs or Section 504 Plans
  • Help parents prepare for IEP or Section 504 meetings by proposing measurable goals and objectives and determining appropriate accommodations and special education related services to meet their child’s needs
  • Attend IEP, Section 504, and other school meetings to discuss program goals with IEP or Section 504 Teams
  • Act as a parent liaison in meetings between parents and the school district
  • Assist with procedural navigation
  • Maintain contact with parents to ensure goals are implemented as decided in the most recent IEP or Section 504 meeting
  • Help obtain requests for evaluations 

Classroom Observations

An objective pair of eyes on your child’s learning environment can be invaluable in making a case for new services, a change in placement, and more accountability with your child’s IEP, 504 Plan or Behavior Plan.

Please review the tab "The Value of an Observation" under the More tab on the top of this webpage for additional information.

IEPs to ISPs

Is your child aging out of the education system and moving forward in an adult placement?

I will:

  • Schedule  and attend tours of adult program centers with you
  • Provide training program recommendations/accomodations
  • Assist in development of ISP (Individual Service Plan)

Transition Services

Once a student with a disability turns a certain age, the school is required to write a transition plan to support them in moving on through high school and their future educational career. This plan is the framework for what drives their educational plan as they age. 

I will:

  • Conduct independent transition survey with your child
  • Write a transition report and plan
  • Make suggestions/ provide direction for supports moving forward

Documents Completed

  • Individualized Education Plans (IEP)
  • 504 Plans
  • Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
  • Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)
  • Summary of documents and assessments from School District 
  • Academic/Social History Reports
  • School Refusal- Return to School plans