Why Use a Parent Advocate?

Navigating the process of getting your child the support he or she needs to address potential developmental delays and/or learning differences is an incredibly challenging experience, both logistically and emotionally. It can be both painful and utterly overwhelming to accept, and address, the reality that your child may have developmental delays and/or a diagnosis of something like autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Having a parent advocate with personal and professional experience can make this process go much more smoothly by providing sound advice and emotional support. My goal is always to empower and guide parents so that their child can get the services he or she needs as quickly and effectively as possible. Services may include: helping you evaluate test results; developing strategic plans for ensuring that your child gets the support he or she needs; navigating the emotional and logistical roller coaster of parenting a neurodivergent child; advocating at your side during key meetings with evaluators, service providers and/or school-based staff; and explaining the nuances of the various rights to services and support that parents rarely know they have. I also coach parents in adapting structures and supports provided by therapists to daily home life, and developing structures and supports at home to allow their child to grow, learn and become more independent.