We make navigating the school system (private or public) less daunting by building productive partnership with teachers and administrators; and we teach you how best to maintain these relationships so your child continues receiving the best supports.
We can also appear with you (or on your behalf if you prefer) at school team meetings, IEP (individual education plan) meetings or IPRC (individual placement and review committee) meetings.
No school sets out to harm a student, but it can most certainly appear that way to an emotionally charged parent, because no parent can be expected to remain objective and impartial about their children – especially when it comes to education.
For students with non-traditional learning profiles to get the supports they need, it’s critical that parents approach educators with a level head and a willingness to work with the school. This is the kind of advocacy you can expect from us.
A hand to hold
In our experience, the hardest part for most parents of children with a ULP is securing support, mostly because parents have little knowledge of the school system (public and private) or how it works. All they know is that their child needs help.
Our role is to help you collaborate with the school instead of fight against them.
•We’ll “translate” what the school tells you into a vernacular you can understand, and vice versa. This way, the school knows what you want and you know what the school can offer.
•We’ll show you where your child fits in the big picture of the school’s operation and help move them to a different place should the situation require.
•We’ll act as a continual bridge that connects you, your child and the school. This can include setting up regular check-ins with the students and the educators to evaluate progress.
We can teach you how to support your child through a course of remediation. And if we prescribe assistive technologies, we can train you to use them so you can offer help when needed.
Helping you help them
As a parent, you’re the key to your child’s success because you know them best and you spend the most time with them. We can help you understand their learning style so you can support their academic growth on your own or as part of a larger after-school program. Either way, you’ll learn to take an active role.
We’ll also help you navigate the complex education system, and develop positive, productive partnerships with teachers and school administrators so you can feel confident advocating on your child’s behalf.
If you’re having trouble processing your child’s diagnosis in any way, we can help you understand and manage those feelings.
Concern. Anxiousness. Anger. Guilt. These are all natural emotions you’ll have when your child is struggling academically. We’ll help you manage these emotions so you can better support your child.