Family Coaching

Through individual coaching parents are empowered so they can Effectively Communicate and advocate for their child. They learn about the Special Education Process. They develop skills to help them effectively and clearly present their child’s needs in a data driven, unemotional manner to teachers, administrators, and other relevant professionals.  They develop the competencies needed to partner with their school district on behalf of their child. They become fully participating members of their child’s educational team.


  • Understand the Special Education Process: From pre-referral to identification
  • Understand the Difference Between Special Education and a 504 Plan: What makes a child eligible
  • How to Participate in the Special Education Process: Being an effective member team, without the adversarial tone
  • How to Interpret Data and Test Results: Using objective information to develop an effective IEP and to evaluate progress
  • How to Evaluate Draft Goals and Objectives: Goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely
  • How to Provide Home Supports:  Understanding the link between language and behavior,  learning strategies related to homework, understanding how to set limits and be consistent
  • How to Develop Language and Literacy Skills: The relationship between INPUT and OUTPUT; the importance of prior knowledge connections
  • How to Improve Home-School Communication: Asking open-ended questions; having smart conversations
  • How to Evaluate Progress:  Using baseline data and objective evidence to support progress and request additional supports


Components of An Initial Consultation

  • Meet with families to identify and discuss their concerns
  • Meet with the child
  • Review the child’s file
  • Provide a written summary that highlights and interprets the information in the file
  • Provide scripts and draft letters to facilitate communication between home and school
  • Develop an Action Plan

Follow-up  and On-going Services

  • Coach families to Effectively Communicate at meetings
  • Provide input regarding Individual Education Plan
  • Develop DRAFT IEP goals and objectives
  • Evaluate effectiveness of services, programs, and placements
  • Develop scripts for meetings
  • On-going interpretation of progress data and program effectiveness
  • Observe the child in current program
  • Observe and evaluate out of district programs
  • Develop draft program recommendations
  • Review and revise 504 Plans
  • Review and revise Health Care Plans
  • Review and revise early intervention strategies
  • Attend IEP meetings when appropriate