Serving Students with Disabilities or Suspected Disabilities

  • autism
  • developmental delay
  • intellectual impairment
  • sensory impairment - hearing/vision/deaf/blind
  • neurological impairment
  • emotional impairment
  • communication impairment
  • physical impairment
  • health impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability 603 CMR 28.02


  • Attend meetings at school with you to: make sure you understand the information presented; exercise your rights; negotiate with your school district; present a plan and supporting evidence for what your child needs and why.
  • Communicate on your behalf with school district personnel (after you have signed the required waiver).
  • Conduct observations of your child in the educational environment.


  • Review educational records.
  • Explain the special education process, laws, and regulations.
  • Help you understand your child's IEP or 504 plan.
  • Prepare you for meetings (IEP, 504, progress or meetings to review outside evaluations) in order to advocate for your child. 
  • Explain evaluation reports.
  • Present your options when your child fails to make progress.
  • Discuss school team proposals for services and placement before you sign an IEP.
  • Assist you in the preparation of written communication relevant to your child’s educational plan.
  • Assist with obtaining an independent evaluation.
  • Assist you in identifying potential placement options.

Speech-Language Pathology

  • Coach you to apply strategies which facilitate development of your child's communication.
  • Review speech and language evaluation from school providers and independent evaluators.

Susan is not a lawyer and is unable to provide you with any legal advice. Any explanations of laws or regulations are for information purposes only and do not amount to legal advice under any circumstances.

Susan will not attend any legal proceedings with you. This includes any legal proceeding hearings at the Bureau of Special Education Appeals.