We navigate. You advocate.
Parents are their children's greatest advocates!
Special Education Navigation educates and empowers you, the parent, to be an informed, effective advocate. This approach supports a collaborative relationship with educators and avoids adversarial assumptions. We provide expert guidance to ensure your child's education is evidence-based and aligned to their unique strengths and needs.
Navigator Melissa Stein, M.A.L.T., CAS, specializes in evidence-based support for the academic, social-emotional, and/or behavioral needs of students with average to superior cognitive abilities.
For MCPS parents, Melissa Stein has the unique “post-pandemic” MCPS special education teacher's understanding of how, when, and why MCPS schools and central office staff make special education service and placement decisions. That knowledge, together with expertise in evidence-based special education practices, limits unnecessary inefficiencies in the IEP process.
Each child has unique needs, strengths and abilities. All people with disabilities have an inalienable right to self-advocacy and self-determination.