Consulting and Advocacy for Special Education

Some individuals who have special education have difficulty with reading, writing, math, behavior, emotional regulation, organizational skills, social skills, sensory issues, speech, or other issues. These individuals may undergo psychiatric, psychological, or educational testing after which they may receive diagnoses or labels for those difficulties. Those labels might include the following terms: Autism Spectrum Disorder,  bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, ADHD, Executive Function Disorder, dyslexia, sensory-processing disorder,  dyscalculia, and others.

Having a disability does not mean that the person requires specialized educational services, however some children and adults require either modified instruction or services or accommodations. Those students who require modified instruction or specialized services in order to make effective progress are entitled to Individual Education Plans according to a Federal Law,  the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004. Students who require accommodations in order to gain access to education are entitled to 504 Plans under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Many parents find that advocating for services in schools and in the community is an overwhelming, stressful process. The laws, regulations, and procedures are confusing. Obtaining accurate information about a child’s progress or about a district’s education or therapeutic options can be very difficult. The parent-school partnership can feel adversarial, for example, when districts deny parents’ requests for information or for services. Rachael provides her knowledge,  her calm demeanor,and her research and advocacy skills. She is knowledgeable about child development, developmental disabilities, and about the law.  She has expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorder and pediatric mental illness. She is an experienced family mediator and she believes that preserving families’ relationships with their school districts is an important aspect of the advocacy process.

She will advise you about steps to take in case, despite your best intentions, your relationship with the school district becomes adversarial. 

With the benefit of her skills and experience, you can get through this challenge.

Rachael provides in-person consulting services in the Metropolitan Boston Massachusetts area. She is available by telephone and by Skpe for long-distance consultations and services. She is fluent in Hebrew and she lived in Israel for many years. 

Call 617-997-6348 or send an email to rachael.wurtman@gmail.com.

Contact her now to make an appointment.