Special Education Advocacy 

Helping parents navigate the special education system and get the services their children need.

 

Helping parents learn skills to deal with the day to day difficulties of raising children with special needs.

What I Can Do For You

 
Prepare for EI, CSE, & CPSE meetings

As a special education advocate, I meet with parents to prepare them and teach them what their rights are in the special...

Advocate in EI, CSE, & CPSE meetings

Attending Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) and Committee on Special Education (CSE)...

Facilitate parent support groups

I have led support groups for parents and caregivers with children of all ages since 2002. We discuss...

Find community resources

I have spent the past 18 years compiling a comprehensive resources guide to help families with children with special...

Find school placements

I help parents find school placements that will meet the emotional, social, behavioral and educational needs of the student.  I often...

Create SMART goals for your IEP

I will help you create SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, results-oriented and time-limited) goals, accommodations...

Testimonials

"Jennifer is an incredibly caring human being who has helped us so much. For more than a year she offered us a safe, non-judgmental space to explore behavioral concerns we were experiencing every day with our beautiful daughters. I found it really easy to talk to her and looked forward to our scheduled times to discuss any techniques that I might have implemented. She is knowledgeable, resourceful and her input created a positive change in our family. I would highly recommend her expertise to anyone in need. Thank you!" 

Esmeralda of Ardsley

 
REPORTS I REVIEW BEFORE THE INITIAL CONSULTATION

To maximize our consultation time together, I review your child’s reports before we meet.  Often I observe the child in school to gain a sense of how the child functions in that setting and if the classroom staff, routine, materials, curriculum, and peer group are appropriate to meet their educational, social-emotional and behavioral needs. I look at the whole child. The reports that I need are:

  • Most recent evaluations that have been done by your school district

  • Private evaluations

  • Previous year and current IEP or 504 Plan

  • Previous year and current year report cards

  • Doctor reports including any stating a diagnosis

  • Emails from teachers that discuss the child’s behavior or academic performance

  • Samples of your child’s work if you think it is relevant

WHAT WE'LL TALK ABOUT AT THE INITIAL CONSULTATION

We will plan and prepare for the CPSE, CSE, Case Review, 504 Plan or Annual Review meeting.  We will discuss your short-term and long-term goals for your child and I will share with you my thoughts on your child’s current special education plan and current school placement. 

 

I will help you create SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, results-oriented and time-limited) goals, accommodations and modifications for your child’s IEP that are specific to your child’s individual needs based on the input from all the reports I read and my many years of experience understanding the options.

 

If you feel your child should be in a different school placement then I will explain the laws, your rights, appropriate school choices and how to proceed with the current school district.

 Address. 89 Highland Lane Irvington, NY 10533

Tel. 914-282-4404

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