My goal is to educate parents of students who need special education or other social services so that they may access services to maximize their child’s potential for growth and maturity. By explaining complex structures and industry language in terms that parents understand, parents gain the confidence to address their child’s individual needs for special education.
I was trained by the National Special Education Advocacy Institute (NSEAI) as a Special Education Advocate to represent you and your child, during on-site IEP and 504 school meetings. Using your child’s assessments and evaluations, my role is to actively advocate for your child’s entitlement to specially designed instruction and related services to comply with the Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). As part of your child’s educational team, I am a skilled special education advocate who will help attain special education goals and accommodations in your child’s IEP.
Residential Treatment Consulting
Considering a residential treatment placement is a heart-wrenching decision for parents who have reached their limits in their abilities to parent their child safely within the home setting. While residential treatment may be necessary, funding and placement are almost impossible to access without a seasoned professional like me, who has personal experience with systems’ navigation. My role is to educate you as to how state systems function and which options are open to your family so that you may confidently make choices for your child’s needs. Once we’ve identified available options, I assist you in understanding the pros and cons of each potential track. My role is not to make decisions for you; rather to empower you to make the best decisions for your family and give you the confidence to pursue residential treatment.
Families whose children live with mental health disorders often find themselves co-mingled with child protection systems due to false allegations of neglect or abuse. Being investigated is a traumatic and degrading experience for children and their parents. I provide professional consultations which educate you about child welfare and juvenile justice rules and protocols to help you cooperate while upholding your parental rights. Informed parents endure the process with greater ease and confidence after gaining direct knowledge of the child protection systems. As needed, I will refer you to competent attorneys that can help you with legal advising and representation.
Workshop and Keynote Presentations
As an award winning advocate and best-selling author, I have presented workshops at state and national conferences such as ATTACh, Parenting in SPACE, NAMI, Family Defense Center, and Federation of Families. I have also testified before a state legislative committee and made presentations to congressmen in Washington D.C. I uniquely cater Keynote speeches to my audiences which are as dynamic as they are informational and inspiring. Topics include special education, mental health, advocacy, family support, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and adoption.
The Early, Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) provision of Medicaid is a federal law which entitles Medicaid eligible children to medically necessary treatment to correct or ameliorate a condition, whether or not treatment is covered under any other state plan. States must provide this coverage as an automatic entitlement or they are in direct violation of your child’s civil rights. I provide attorneys, advocacy organizations, and parents with information about this law, as well as to how states are successfully challenging EPSDT non-compliance nationally.