||Children and adolescents with emotional disabilities can be extremely difficult to stabilize in school and at home. Psychiatric hospitalization, outpatient therapy, and medication may not be sufficient. School-based supports may appear essential, but difficult to obtain or even define.
Parents struggle to balance overwhelming worry for their child's safety with the day-to-day responsibilities of family and work. Parental confidence, comfort, and judgment at TEAM meetings improves significantly when assisted and advised by an experienced advocate.
Information and guidance about regulations, policies, and public resources are provided to psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, state agency staff and educational professionals.
An advocate's involvement begins with a thorough review of educational assessments and IEP's, psychological evaluations, and clinical records. Together with parents, priorities are clarified and a plan of action developed.
When additional assessments, clinical support, or legal representation become necessary, referrals to experienced independent providers can be facilitated.