Early childhood intervention provider for 15+ years helping families with developmental questions, concerns, and educational goals to prepare their child for educational and life success. I have two nieces- 8yr old ( former 25 week micro- preemie/ had delays/ now above age level) and 5yr old ( full term, no delays). Have worked with special needs population (infancy to elderly) across the United States and internationally.
Although Wendy Andersen is an accomplished author, speaker, coach, and mentor, she is a wife and mother first. Her oldest son was diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC), epilepsy and a few years later autism.
Wendy’s experience created a deep desire to redefine what normal looks like in her own life, and instilled in her a passion to help others Redefine Normal for themselves. She has a B.S. in Education and a Masters in Exercise Science and is currently pursing a certificate in Autism studies through the University of Kansas.
Alex is a holistic parenting coach and certified teacher with a master's in education. She uses her knowledge and personal experience to help families effectively navigate the school system and the community. Alex is a mother of two boys.
She specializes in helping children primarily with neurodevelopmental disabilities get an individual plan. Many of the children she works with are twice-exceptional and misunderstood in a school setting.
Mom of three beautiful energetic, smart and loving kids. (2 girls and 1 boy). I’m a special needs mom of Autism & ADHD. Helping you navigate IEPs and individualize your child's program to meet their unique needs.
I have been an occupational therapist for 18 years and have worked in multiple settings and with various ages. I am a mom of three beautiful children. My oldest daughter (8)has been diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, epilepsy, anxiety, and asthma. My middle daughter (6)has been diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety. My youngest son (3)has been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, developmental delay, abnormal feeding, and behavior disorders.
I have had to advocate for my children in the school system and want to help other parents have a voice in their child’s education. The IEP process can be challenging to navigate, and having support can help make the process easier for the entire team! I am excited to be a Master IEP Coach and help other families in my community.
Angela West-Brown is an Individualized Education Program Coach, Consultant, Author, Special needs sibling, wife, mother of four and an Educational Empowerment Speaker.
Her passion for America’s intellectually disabled youth is driven by first-hand experience covered in her book, "Lost and Found" of what happens when effective adult transition planning before high school graduation is not set in place. Lost and Found was written to provide resources, tools, and support to advocate for their loved ones while supporting the entire family in the process. She is driven to provide strategic solutions to parents seeking clarity, less stress and successful completion of IEP Transition goals.
Certified speech therapy assistant for over 9 years. I specialize in inclusion solutions, creating strong communication at home and school using a multisensory approach, creating child-centered IEPs and helping parents decrease their stress and anxiety with real everyday solutions.
Laura Corrado Chicagoland area and Quad Cities area.
As a former Special Education teacher turned BCBA, Laura has worked in a variety of settings and positions, as well as with a variety of clients/students. Laura has worked on both sides of the IEP table and is fully in tune with the unique challenges for both parents and educators alike. Each and every one of these experiences have helped Laura to better serve her clients. She is excited to continue serving more families and school teams to better the lives of Special Needs individuals and those that care most about them!
I am the proud dad of two high school aged children one of which has utilized special education services since early childhood. I am a passionate advocate for inclusion and work with IEP teams to build strength based IEPs that focus on what the student needs to be successful. I have given a TEDx talk about inclusion.
IEP Advocate with over 13 years of teaching experience in both self-contained and inclusion classrooms. I help parents understand the IEP process; I also provide guidance to help resolve IEP issues in a peaceful manner.
Lisa Eisenberg, LMSW Located in Central Florida but no geographic restrictions - will travel.
Lisa is a licensed Social Worker. She has served as clinical and operations leader with over 25 years of progressive experience with an established non-profit and nationally acclaimed health system. Her expertise is working with individuals with special needs and their families. Her first job was with the NYC Board of Education where she found her passion in supporting students with special needs.
Lisa helps families navigate the diagnostic and evaluation process of obtaining 504 Plans and IEP's for their loved one and participating in IEP meetings on their behalf. Lisa also works with daycares, pre-schools, case workers, public schools and clinicians to collaborate in order to best meet each individual’s respective needs.
Catherine Evans Master IEP Mentoring and Consulting
My name is Catherine Evans. I live in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in Washington State. I am a wife of 23 years and a mother of two amazing kids, a son who is 20 and attending college, and a 15 year old daughter who has down syndrome. I can't tell you enough how much our daughter has taught us and continues to teach us. I used to get stressed out at IEP meetings, always getting denied when I asked for services. I came out of IEP meetings upset and overwhelmed. Her IEP contained goals that weren't meaningful and I thought I couldn't have my say in establishing those goals. Not any more. I have had 15 years of personal experience and have mentored under Catherine Whitcher M.Ed. On the board of P2P for over 2 years. The best part, I can help you even though we may live in different states. Let's put real goals down on your child's IEP that matter for their future. It's never too early or too late to start.
Shelley is a certified special education teacher with 20+ years experience working with children who learn differently. She has had the privilege of working with children who have qualified for an IEP under all the categories. She is passionate about helping families and school districts work together to improve the education of children with special needs
I love sharing my knowledge with others and making sure all children, no matter their economic status, is prepared for employment, further education, and independent living. What puts a smile on my face every day is when students make the connection between school and life and begin self-advocating for themselves so they can reach their goals.
It is no more I do not know; ...it is I learn best by. . . I need this to be successful, because . .
I am a certified special education teacher and educational specialist with over 12 years’ experience working in the Chicagoland area. I have consulted with teachers and families throughout Chicago and NWI to build student’s voices and self-advocacy skills.
Melissa is a mom to 3 wonderful children who have all at some point in their journey received special education services as a means to access their education. Melissa has experience with both 504 plans and IEPs. Melissa was inspired by her children and other special needs families to become an IEP coach and began helping families navigate the process. Melissa’s journey into the special needs world began about 8 years ago when her eldest son was diagnosed with a severe speech impairment. A few years later, Melissa gave birth to her third child who was diagnosed with Down syndrome and also autism spectrum disorder. Having participated in many IEP meetings over the last 8 years, Melissa knew that her child’s access to education would depend on how much knowledge she could acquire about the process, so Melissa started learning as much as she could and never looked back. Melissa has a passion for helping others and is looking forward sharing the knowledge she had gained over the years with as many families as she can.
I am a Bilingual Master IEP Coach (English & Spanish), special needs mom with 10+ years of direct experience, advocating and guiding families through the IEP/504 process). I have a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and I specialize in the following areas but not limited to executive functioning, social skills, inclusion and reading.
I am a mom of two boys ages 14 and 15. My 15-year-old has Autism, ADHD and PANDAS. The journey advocating for my son has not been an easy one, but along the way, I have learned a lot and acquired a wealth of resources, that I continue to use to help our son.
I’m a special needs mom to a 13 yr old son with ASD and ADHD. I work with newly diagnosed families with children 3-9yrs. I help build knowledge and confidence in how your child's IEP works and know exactly what you need to advocate the best to ensure your child's success in school.
Lauren Ochalek, MSN, RN Annapolis/Baltimore/D.C. Metro Areas
Lauren has been a devoted and impassioned advocate for individuals with special needs, particularly Down syndrome, throughout the majority of her life. Raised alongside a dear friend with Down syndrome and trained as a pediatric nurse who would go on to care for children with varying special needs, Lauren's heart has always beat for advocacy within the disability community. Her life's mission was affirmed when, in 2012, her first child, Ellie, was born with Down syndrome.
Lauren has completed disability trainings on both the local and national levels.Lauren holds a Master's in Nursing Education and has a background in pediatric nursing, giving her a unique understanding of the many ways that a child's medical diagnoses can impact educational outcomes. Her education specific degree has also benefited her greatly in her role as an IEP coach.
Larina Pierce, M.A., J.D., is the founder of Pierce IEP Consulting. She has an extensive background in communications, law, and educational consulting. Larina is also the proud mother of Camille, a spunky young lady with Down syndrome, and Nora, her younger sister. Larina and Brian, married for 12 years, live in Davidson and enjoy life in a college town.
In the past decade, Larina has successfully advocated on behalf of her daughter and has actively supported many other students in the exceptional students programs in the greater Charlotte community. Larina’s consulting work highlights her attention to detail, patience, strategic thinking, and genuine compassion for families navigating the world of special education.
Diana is the mom of 3 boys, the youngest with ASD, ADHD and Tourettes. After weathering a stormy start in the sea of IEPs and SpEd, Diana knew she wanted to help other families avoid the same troubles and became a trained IEP Coach and founded Special Education Advocacy LLC.
"My goal as your IEP Coach is to guide you through the process, inspire you to take action for your child and to empower you for continued success." - Diana, SEAdvocacyLLC
BreAnn Robinson Auesome Achievers, LLC Atlanta, Ga
Master IEP Coach & Consultant, Mentor Advocate and Education Coach who offers IEP advocacy services for all parents that have a child with special needs. Not only do I service special needs children, I also educate, empower and enlighten all families on navigating the school system. I truly believe that advocating for your child can be empowering, educational and enlightening. So allow me to steer you in the right direction to become more engaged and a leader in your IEP meeting and your child’s education.
Like many families across the nations, our family is on the Autism Journey. Our personal experiences through Therapies, Education, Special Diet, Bio-Medical, and Resources, thus far are leading our family on the path to recovery. It is through my personal experiences in raising my boys and being an advocate for them in the education system as well as their voice when they didn’t have a voice for themselves that has awakened a natural fire in me to help other families on their journeys.
After over 10 years advocating for my son and working in education, I decided to alter direction. Now, I share my passion by helping educate other parents. My goal to to empower parents and help bridge the gap to create a more cohesive and collaborative IEP team with the best outcome for your child.
Special needs mom with 15+ years of experience helping parents and IEP teams to create child-centered IEPs specializing in inclusion, behavior interventions, functional life skill goals including executive functioning.
Special needs mom to an amazing ambitious 14 year old daughter. She is on the autism spectrum. She was finally diagnosed at 9 years old. She has sensory processing disorder ODD, ADHD, and auditory processing disorder. My life's mission is advocating for my family and yours!
Since beginning my IEP Coaching business, I have also become a master of social work candidate where I study special education policy and parental mental health. I am uniquely gifted in fostering healthy communication and I believe a collaborative and respectful approach to the IEP process can be achieved in almost any setting (no, really! 😉). Parents of incredible kids come to me for road-maps, guidance, and tools to solve many problems they might encounter. I am passionate about helping you find what you need to parent your unique child while maintaining your own mental health along the way.
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I’ve been teaching elementary school at a private school in OC for several years. Through the years, I have worked with many students who have learning disabilities. These students have consistently inspired me to learn more about what I can do to help them thrive and enjoy school. I am a Master IEP coach, ready to help students, families, and teachers. Helping teams and families create IEPs that help students succeed is my goal. I would love to hear from you!
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