B.S., M.Ed., C.A.G.S
Educational Consulting & Special Education Advocacy
How can I help?
As a career educator, I thought I understood the bittersweet experience of sending little ones off into their next adventure: school. Then I had my own children...
What a different perspective!
I have been a teacher, special educator, school administrator, consultant, supervisor and (perhaps most importantly) a parent. I have been a builder of educational programing and a consumer of programs. I have personally experienced the system of the BPS Lottery, as well as the Independent Schools Application process. All of this in the service of trying to find the very best fit educational options for my own two children.
Helping my own children make that enormous leap from the safety of home to the wide world of school would have been easier if someone with a little extra knowledge held my hand. I am here to hold your hand.
Special Education Advocacy
Special Education is complicated business. As your advocate, a good understanding of who your child is as a person and as a learner, is critical. And, it is very important that I thoroughly understand your adult concerns, questions, and needs.
Usually, this process begins with an initial Phone Consultation conversation. After that, there are many pathways, however they usually include a Document Review of reports from your child’s service providers. This is often followed by a sit down Strategy Meeting with you. This meeting will allow us to speak more in depth about your apprehension and hopes, ask questions of each other, speak about information contained (or omitted!) in the reports, and begin to plan a potential strategy.
Following these stages, I can continue to be involved as little or as much as you like. You may feel much more comfortable with your shored-up knowledge--or you may want further assistance going forward.
Further collaboration might include: drafting letters to district representatives, explaining the IEP process further, responding to proposals from districts, outlining relevant points for IEP Parent Concerns, observing potential classroom placements, connecting families to independent evaluators or legal support, deeper document review, further strategy planning, and/or attending IEP Meetings with families.
One detail that I feel strongly about is at least peeking in on or meeting your child, even very briefly, somewhere in the process. This is not for any sort of IEP report and it could literally be five minutes! I, honestly, don’t feel comfortable working on a plan for any child without at least a picture in my mind of that child, no matter how well it seems I know them through you and documents describing them.
I have a good working knowledge of Boston area preschools and private/public elementary schools. I can help direct you towards schools that that may fit your vision for your child and family. I can also help guide you through the application process. And, in some circumstances, I can help you figure out when it may be time to move on. Kids change over time--and so do schools.
Initial Phone Consultation (approximately 30 minutes): free of cost
Document Review (usually 1-3 hours)
Strategy Meeting (usually 1-2 hours)
Hourly Rate: $100 per hour
IEP Meeting Accompaniment: $200 in total for attending Team Meetings. Preparation at hourly rate.
5-hour retainer package: $450
12-hour retainer package: $1000
*Additional packages of hours may be available depending on long-term family wants and needs following initial steps.
Because I have my own children, and because I am only one woman (but mostly because of the kids!) ;-), I only take a limited number of clients at a time. I definitely want to give your children the attention they deserve throughout this process. I do take a few pro bono clients, as well, but they are generally referred to me through other professionals.