What is an IEP Consultant/Coach? And The Top 5 Reasons You Should Hire One!
I've been working in the field of special education for 17 years. A lot has changed in our country and in our school system in that time. I've been involved in the best and worst situations from many sides of the table. In the beginning, I led IEP meetings as a special educator and case manager. Then, I was a parent at the table and became an advocate for my own little girl who has autism. Lastly, in 2020, I decided to help other families with the knowledge and experience I've gained. Keep reading to find out what I do as an IEP consultant and coach, and why you should have one on your team!
What is an IEP Consultant/Coach?
My job as an IEP consultant/coach is to navigate you through the "waters" of the IEP process. I will be your guide. I won't speak for you, unless you request that I do. I'll teach you how to advocate for your own child. I'll help you learn your rights and assist you in putting your thoughts, worries, and concerns into action. I'll show you how you are an equal, essential member of the IEP team. As an IEP consultant/coach and parent to a child with special needs, I know the process. I'll conduct thorough record reviews, compose emails, make phone calls, and attend IEP meetings with you. I'll be available to you so that you can bounce ideas and questions off of me. I'm here to help you and your child achieve your goals.
An IEP Consultant/Coach is...
Professional, relatable, and empathetic
A stickler for special education law
Educated, knowledgeable, and experienced in the local school system
A bulldog when need be!
Top 5 Reasons to Hire an IEP Consultant/Coach
IEP consultants/coaches know the process, the law, and your rights. We make the requests (and demands) for you. Take notes from us and grow your confidence in the process.
Being a parent is tough work! No one expects you to have all the answers and know everything there is to know about special education. That's where we come in.
Hiring an IEP consultant/coach is a financial commitment. Sacrifice your time and money now before things become harder for you and your child down the road. The IEP process can be a long, difficult battle.
IEP consultants/coaches review all of the paperwork and ensure that it is thorough and accurate. This may include recommendations for goals, accommodations, and modifications, as well as interpreting reports or educational jargon you don't understand.
And lastly, you need someone on your side who is thinking of only you and your child. Your coach won't be focused on other high conflict IEP meetings that day, the teacher's full schedule or overwhelming caseload, the school itself, or the district's needs. Your child is the only one who matters at that moment.
Set up a free consultation today to learn more and share your story with me! I'd love to work with you so we can better serve your child!
All the best,