Coaching focuses on supporting you and your child's educational journey while also addressing your caregiving and work/life realities. Whether you're new to advocating for your child or are a "veteran parent" to the process, information and guidance will strengthen your parent advocacy efforts.
The ebb and flow of school and life struggles that define raising a neurodivergent child, teen, or young adult creates enormous confusion and uncertainty in addressing their needs as well as yours. It impacts every area of life from your family and job to your finances and mental health.
Learning what you need to know and how to proceed will result in measurable changes, strengthening your ability to effectively advocate for your child while bringing calm to the chaos. You don't have to do it alone.
I will meet you precisely where you are in the education process.
I will coach, teach, and guide you to increase your competence and confidence.
I will help ensure that situations requiring immediate action, changes, and/or intervention are addressed.
I will listen to you, ask many questions, carefully evaluate the issues, and partner with you as you work to support your child's needs in school both today and while planning for the future.. I understand the herculean job of raising a neurodivergent child while juggling caregiving, family, and work responsibilities..
An experienced, highly-skilled, and insightful partner supporting your efforts will change everything..for the better. The "oxygen mask" analogy about securing support for yourself/yourselves before helping your child applies. With a 75-minute initial consultation, you will learn and receive more support than you may expect. Things can and will change for the better.
I will get you to where you need to be.
IEP Meeting Participation/Advocacy
Confusion. Apprehension. Worry. Dread.
Words parents use to describe IEP meetings.
You often leave with more questions than when you arrived, frequently feeling unheard, uncertain, and vulnerable as well.
You often face issues and decisions that require you to understand the process, people, and parameters of these meetings and documents while maintaining a firm understanding of your child's needs...and yours.
I will have a comprehensive understanding of your child and their needs.
I will support you as you negotiate the issues and navigate through these meetings.
I will speak and question with and for you to secure the information and answers you need.
I will work collaboratively with your IEP team to address issues and concerns, yet will challenge conclusions, assumptions, changes, and recommendations as needed.
IEP meeting participation will provide you with a seasoned and objective voice with extensive experience navigating the IEP process to change things significantly for you and your child.
I will get you to where you need to be.
*IEP meeting participation requires completion of the Special Education Comprehensive.
Special Education Comprehensive
The special education arena is complex. So is your child.
When they're struggling in school or at home, you're struggling too.
Hours and effort are spent trying to navigate chronic and crisis school issues.
As you're feeling overwhelmed and frustrated, your child is experiencing the same and far more as their individual needs continue and often intensify.
I will teach you what you need to know to understand and decipher documents.
I will help you correlate the evaluation reports to the development of an IEP and decisions about educational placement.
I will explain how evaluation data is the baseline for your child's educational programming and path.
I will provide you with information, answers to your questions, strategies that work, and steps to increase your competence and confidence to help your child succeed in school.
This comprehensive, in-depth educational document review, required for IEP meeting participation, includes independent evaluation reports, school district evaluation reports, specialist reports, review of current IEPs/504s, discussion of your child's educational history and current path, and a post file review consultation to discuss findings and provide recommendations to significantly increase your competence as your child's parents advocate/s moving forward.