- Behavior Intervention
We provide, individualized treatment programs to children with special needs, regardless of their disability, to help each child we serve learn the communication, play, social, daily living, and academic skills he or she needs to lead a happy, healthy and productive life. We provide a personalized, quality, scientifically proven treatment based on the principles of applied behavior analysis that meets the unique needs of each child. By working collaboratively with families, school districts, regional centers, & other professionals, and by committing ourselves to comprehensive, ongoing, professional development, we can maximize each child’s potential.
We provide consultation & direct behavior intervention services.
- Behavior Consultation
Behavior consultation must begin with an evaluation of needs. Consultation may take many forms. We can provide consultation to parents agencies and districts. We can work with the TEAM or individually. We provide professional development to specialists, para-educators, designated support staff, etc. We provide on-going consultation as well as 2-3 day professional development. We tailor it to the needs of the student, parents, and district. Professional Development through consultation is ongoing and must be met with fidelity.
- Communication Strategies
Is the student verbal, non-verbal or has emerging communication skills? We are here to help. We have a licensed Speech Pathologist on staff to provide direct service, consultation, and assessment. We are professionally trained in sign language both Signing Exact English (SEE) as well as American Sign Language (ASL). In fact Dr. Kirk-Martinez was an interpreter for the deaf and a teacher for the deaf. Additionally, we are professionally trained to provide professional development in the area of Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Word Exchange Communication System (WECS).
- Assistive Technology Assesments & Recomendations
Assistive Technology is a term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for students with special needs and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. AT promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks. We have a highly qualified Speech Pathologist and a extremely versed Credentialed Special Education Teacher certified in Assistive Technology.
- Academic & Cognitive Assessments
Assessments are provided by credentialed staff with years of experience. Assessments include not only the assessments using instruments but also observations, interviews and work samples, while working with the student and building rapport. Assessments come with validity and a clear explanation of the results.
- Classroom Environment Recommendations
Classrooms look very different from one another, however, did you know there are some do’s and dont’s for classroom environments? We can provide an evaluation and collaboration to maximize the learning environment in a classroom as well as in a home.
- Social Integration Opportunities
- Friend Clubs
- Buddy Clubs
- Play Dates
- Movie Dates
- Weekend Groups
- Hang out Clubs
- Opportunities dependent upon the child’s need and desire
- Home School Program Curriculum Development
Are you a parent who educates your child at home and needs a tutor, curriculum ideas, materials or assistance with implementation? Our professionals provide a wide variety of supports in this area.
- Non-Denominational Special Needs Sunday School
Does your church provide a program for students with special needs? If not, we can provide professional develop and curriculum development so that your children can participate in this learning.
Our services provide you:
Consultation for either district or parent:
Our services will provide you with an expert facilitator to coach parents or districts with navigating through the special education process. See our Advising page for more information.
Design and develop programs
Our service will provide you with research based methodologies, and assist with delivery of quality designed programs to allow students to progress and benefit from their education and other environments. This will be accomplished through collaboration and professional development for parents and districts.
Evaluate effectiveness of programs
Need a program evaluated for its effectiveness? Parents, do you think there might need to be changes made such as environment, instruction, methodology, data collection or delivery of services? We are here to evaluate. Districts, do you think your program is defensible and you need an expert evaluation? We can do that as well. The goal for all is to help one another know the strengths and areas to possibly improve through open communication.
Common Core is just around the corner. Need assistance unpacking these standards to meet your district needs or student needs? Need to know more about specialized curriculum or supplemental materials to use? Curriculum can be developed specifically for the individual needs according to student goals.
Right here, right now, you have found a facilitator with many years of facilitation skill training specific to IEP meetings, Coaching and Mediation. Call an expert now. Build the trust and relationships using our facilitation support.
Establish educational goals and plans
Do you want another set of eyes looking at the goals and plans for your student or for a student in your classroom? Our services look carefully and ensure alignment of student abilities, and where the team wants the student to be in 6 months or a year. The goals must be clear, measurable and aligned with standards.
Implement professional development for districts, parents, and agencies
Research shows that districts are providing one-shot professional development. Special education is a complex system of services and laws which require on-going intensive professional development, using visuals, modeling and practice. Parents deserve open and honest professional development to understand their rights to become advocates for their child. This also takes intensive supports and coaching. Districts and parents should use the same language when working together so both parties have a clear understanding while progressing through the child’s education. It takes a team, but it takes a neutral expert which allows both parties to receive the information in a productive trusting manner.
Administer Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE)
At times, parents are of the opinion that the assessment conducted by the district is not quality nor complete. Let the team of experts evaluate the assessment and determine if an IEE is necessary or required. Perhaps the district will add additional assessment subtests to support the concerns a parent might be experiencing. We can guide parents and districts through this process with productive outcomes.
Support with Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Alternative Dispute Resolution – Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an informal alternative for resolving disputes involving families of students with special needs. This brings together parents, teachers and administrators in an informal setting for the purpose of resolving disagreements. It is a process that encourages all parties to “problem solve” and to achieve a mutually beneficial agreement to best meet the needs of individual students.
Expert testimony during litigation
This team looks at the BIG picture and attempts to resolve disputes at the local level, however, as a last resort, we can provide expert testimony during a Due Process. Dr. Kirk-Martinez has been an expert witness for several Due Processes.