We navigate. You advocate.
Navigation empowers parents to effectively advocate for their child's special education. We provide expert guidance to ensure your child's education is evidence-based and appropriate given their individual strengths and needs.
Using her graduate-level expertise in special education, Melissa Stein ensures that your child's school has comprehensive data and that their interpretation of that data accurately reflects your child's strengths and needs. Melissa drafts Individualized Education Plans (IEP), the bedrock of special education, including SMART goals and evidence-based services that leverage your child's strengths to achieve their social-emotional, behavioral, and/or academic goals.
Other services include educating parents about the special education process and available services, helping parents avoid common challenges, identifying when schools are not providing appropriate special education, providing action plans, decoding jargon, helping you collect, organize and maintain documentation, creating parent-led agendas and IEP meeting messaging, attending IEP meetings as a special education consultant, and monitoring school compliance to protect your parental rights and procedural safeguards.
As needed, Melissa Stein also offers educational assessments and screenings to supplement existing data to support educational decisions and/or to share with your child's health providers. Note that this service is designed to gather additional data and should not be considered in itself a comprehensive evaluation.
This service is designed for families whose child recently received an autism diagnosis. Melissa Stein helps parents build a roadmap of next steps, including helping parents assess their goals for their child and how, when and where to advocate for their child towards reaching those goals. We also help parents understand how existing evaluations inform special education decisions, and identify areas requiring additional data. While we are not clinicians, we can explain how different disciplines can support your child, and we work with parents to develop a list of questions to ask providers to assess if they are a good fit for your child and your family.Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help your student succeed.
Each child has unique needs, strengths and abilities. All people with disabilities have an inalienable right to self-advocacy and self-determination.