Start a conversation with the district on your behalf.
Attend IEP meetings in person with you so you don’t have to face an entire Child Study Team, alone.
Sort things through all the paperwork you receive from your school district with you and help you understand it.
Help you understand your child’s IEP, its language, and technical terms.
Observe your child in the classroom, when appropriate, to give you a set of eyes and make program recommendations based on our observations, if necessary.
Assist you in understanding your child’s Behavior Individual Plan (BIP) and translate the ABA language into a language you can understand.
Stay current with the Special Education regulations, State and Federal Laws that prevail in the state of New Jersey.
Go through the evaluations the district does every 3 years (psychological, O.T., educational, speech and language, etc.) with you and help you understand what they mean so you can make decisions based on results you understand.
Help you bridge the gap, if any, between you and the child study team (CST) for better collaboration.
Frame your concerns to the district in a language the district can understand.
Translate the technical terms used by the district in English, for you.
Help you open the communication channels with the district and give you a voice so you can become a better advocate.
Draft dispute resolution proposals, state department of education complaints, letters, and written requests to districts, when applicable.
Refer you to an attorney who specializes in Special Education Law if the matter cannot be