I have over 15 years of experience as an elementary school teacher and school psychologist. Over the years, it became painfully evident schools were not always willing to properly identify students because of the services this would require. As the budget has continually shrunk each academic school year, I often observed "warehousing", which is the systematic placement of children in classrooms for which the supports and services do not line up with the child's eligibility for special education service. As a parent, this was difficult to observe and be a part of. It was at this point, I decided to become a licensed educational psychologist and go into private practice where I could advocate for proper placement and services. This was something that I could not do while employed with public schools.
I have worked with children and adolescents with a variety of disabilities that require special education service intervention. Each child and adolescent requires a specialized academic program and menu of service delivery options that are tailored to support academic progress. California Education Code makes it clear to both parents and educators how a child is eligible to receive specialized services and what service options provide maximum benefit. My greatest goal is to ensure your child receives this maximum benefit.