As a parent, you want to ensure that your child is getting the education that he or she is entitled to. Many parents can be overwhelmed by the Special Education Process. Julie is a trained, professional special education advocate who knows how to navigate the Connecticut Special Education System. Julie’s expertise enables parents to work more effectively with special educators and administrators to plan and obtain appropriate educational services for their children with disabilities.
“In my private practice as a Special Education Advocate and Disability Specialist I represent and assist parents throughout Connecticut; I speak regularly on disability-related issues at professional organizations and parent groups throughout the State and I appear regularly on Connecticut affiliate news stations discussing a variety of special education issues.
I became passionate about Special Education Advocacy through my own experiences of advocating for my son who was diagnosed with autism long before its prevalence grew to today's alarming numbers.
I advocate on behalf of children whose disabilities include:
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Speech or Language Impairments
Traumatic Brain Injury
Multi Disciplinary Concerns
Other Health Impairments
When you retain my services, I will:
Assess and explain your child’s complete educational record;
Ascertain your concerns regarding your child and the services currently offered by his or her school;
Inform you about Special Education rights, Special Education law and relevant educational issues;
Objectively analyze your child’s educational program;
Identify alternative options, including, if appropriate, additional evaluations; and possible alternative placements;
Assist you in obtaining the most appropriate educational program for your child pursuant to Federal Law;
Help you participate more fully in the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) process while you learn to become a more effective parent advocate for your child;
Accompany you to PPT meetings;
Accompany you to mediation hearings, if needed;
Assist you in follow up with your school team regarding the implementation and success of your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP);
Optimize Resources available to you in terms of other disability related organizations, educational and medical professionals, providers and various consultants who can help provide your child’s educational team with the information they require to provide the most appropriate educational program;
YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION IS NOT JUST ACADEMICS,
I can help you attain appropriate services addressing the following programming issues;
Development of Behavior Interventions Plans
Social Skills Building
Socialization Plans- making and maintaining friendships
Addressing Bullying Issues
Adaptive Daily Living Skills
Accessing the Community - being a participating community member
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