School Mental Health Programming
The school setting needs safe spaces for students to feel seen and heard. However, many of today's students struggle with attendance, anxiety, and the ability to be available for daily learning.
Currently, we as a country are facing a youth mental health crisis that is keeping our students from reaching their full potential and preventing them from excelling in the school setting.
This growing population is often students new to special education and who are frequently neurodiverse (i.e., have ADHD, Autism, dyslexia, etc.) and require a new type of academic setting to meet their individual needs.
I help school districts build unique programs for neurodiverse individuals and students with mental health needs that prevent the use of outside private placements and helps keep school funding in district classrooms. I do this by working directly with superintendents, principals, department heads, and classroom teachers on how to build the best type of educational setting for some of our most vulnerable students.
You can view an example of my past work here.
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What is the goal of education advocacy?Our goal is to help you, as parents, navigate educational systems to obtain appropriate school services and placement options. We provide an expert opinion about what will be best for your child’s education. We collaborate in school meetings, advocating for our expert opinion to become a reality for your child.
What does the process of Education Advocacy look like?We speak with you to understand your concerns and goals. We review related educational records including assessments, previous plans (IEP/504), report cards, and communication between home and school. We speak with all involved professionals to gain an understanding of their perspective. We observe your child in school (without their knowing we are there to see them). While at school, we speak with involved school staff to gain an understanding of their perspective. We meet with you to present our expert opinion, including changes that may be needed in the current program and any suggestions for alternative public and/or private programs. We communicate with school personnel through phone calls, written communication and/or meetings to advocate for the necessary changes in program and/or placement. In the course of our work, we also make recommendations for any additional assessments or services that may be necessary to help your child to realize their potential.
What happens after the meeting process is done?We are available to continue to monitor the implementation of the plan that we have helped create and to make any necessary changes or updates.
Do you accept insurance?Although we do not accept insurance, families may qualify for a reduced rate for our advocacy services based on a review of financial need. Some families may qualify for funding for WEG’s work through the Low Intensity Support Service program, LISS.Round 1 opens May 1st.
Why might I need an expert witness?There are times, despite our best efforts to collaborate, a judicial process is required to make a decision about what is appropriate for a child.
When is it appropriate for you to be an expert witness?We serve as expert witnesses in both special education disputes, including mediation and due process hearings, as well as in family court.
What does an education expert witness do?We testify in legal proceedings, presenting our expert opinion in order to advocate for what we believe is best for your child. We accept referrals directly from parents as well as attorneys. We also provide you with referrals to attorneys, when legal expertise is needed.