Advocacy

iStock_000007002405XSmallWe work with parents to help them make sound educational decisions for their children.

  • Assist parents through the often-complicated issues regarding their child’s academic, social-emotional, and behavioral development
  • Help parents become informed participants and advocates in their child’s educational team
  • Serve as a member of a collaboration team with parents, school, and support personnel
  • Design effective strategies and interventions based on the student’s learning style and temperament

Who needs us?

  • Parents who have questions about their child’s learning and achievement
  • Parents who are concerned about their child’s development and/or a possible disability
  • Parents whose children are changing schools or educational programs
  • Parents who need information about appropriate school placements
  • Parents who need help interpreting existing data and reports
  • Parents who want independent observations of their child in a school setting
  • Parents who want an understanding of how to match the instructional program to their child’s learning profiles
  • Parents who need help communicating with their child’s school
  • Parents who need help deciding if educational, psychoeducational, neuropsychological and/or other evaluations would be useful in understanding their child

How we proceed

  • Listen carefully to understand parental concerns
  • Review and interpret existing data (e.g., report cards, previous evaluations,
    standardized test scores, IEP’s, etc.)
  • Observe the child in school
  • Consult with the child’s teacher
  • Review curriculum
  • Design an action plan
  • Share the findings and action plan with the parents

 The action plan

Through this information-gathering process parents will have a plan of action that may include:

  • Creation of a well integrated support team for the student and family
  • Recommendations for instructional strategies based on the child’s learning strengths and weaknesses
  • Establishing a system to coordinate, facilitate, and monitor the student’s progress
  • Explanations of school processes and procedures and how to work within them
  • Requests for additional information, if needed
  • Parent preparation for school meetings
  • Attendance at school meetings with parents
  • Referrals to other professionals

 

Eve Prensky, Ed.D., CSP, and Marlyn Vogel, Ed.D., NCSP, ABSNP are the coordinators of this program. Both have worked in public schools as school psychologists and have extensive knowledge of how to help parents become informed participants in their children’s education.

Should you have any questions concerning our consultation services, please call either Dr. Eve Prensky at 610-642-4873 ext. 27 or Dr. Marlyn Vogel at 610-642-4873 ext. 70.

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