We thoroughly research your child's disability and will make recommendations based on information ascertained from a wide range of experts that we work closely with depending on the specific learning, health or mental health disability.
As your special educational consultant we will advocate for your child from pre-school to high school and transitioning to adulthood. We will thoroughly and carefully review all your child's educational and medical records, which may include Neuropsychological, School Evaluations, Medical Records, Progress Reports and Report Cards. Respecting your vision for your child and mediating with the school on your behalf based on your child's individual special needs. Your child IS entitled to a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.
FOR THE PARENT:
FOR THE PARENT MEDIATING WITH THE SCHOOL
FOR THE STUDENT:
Joann has over twenty years of experience implementing IEP's and 504 Plans. She has three children that were on IEP's and 504 Plans. She holds a Massachusetts Insurance License and with this expertise is able to assist client's with the laborious state forms that have to be completed. Such as Mass. Health, Developmental Disability Service forms (DDS) and SSI forms. She has found this service to be very helpful for an overwhelmed parent with extensive forms that need to be completed.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Joann is a trained Parent Consultant certified by The Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) in Boston and is currently a trainer for them in Complex Trauma.She is also Wright's Law trained. She attends special education training sessions at FCSN, NESCA, DDS, Complex Trauma Workshops, and Department of Children and Family Workshops to stay up to date on changing Special Education Laws and new Research.
She holds a BA in Organizational Development in Education from Temple University . Concentration in educational advocacy/mediation, training, juvenile justice, special education and teaching.
Knowledge is key for parents in learning about special education laws and procedures. We provide new clients a information package on Basic Rights in Special Education and Important Resources for their child, based upon disability.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW!
THERE ARE FOURTEEN DISABILITIES UNDER IDEA
We serve the South Shore (Plymouth and Bristol Counties), Cape Cod and the Islands, (Barnstable County).
Please be advised we are not attorneys and cannot represent you in court. If you feel that the District has broken an education law we can refer you to a Special Education Attorney that can advise you.
PO Box 984, EAST SANDWICH, MA 02537 & PO BOX 67 KINGSTON, MA 02364
Monday - Friday: 8am - 4:30 pm
Saturday: By appointment