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CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

I am more than pleased to share my experience and knowledge regarding Ms. Stanley’s professionalism, integrity, and work ethic. It is seldom in life, that one has the benefit of meeting someone of Ms. Stanley’s caliber. She is honest, sincere, conscientious, dependable, caring, and an expert in her field. Without the compassionate and valuable support Ms. Stanley has provided, my family would have been devastated.

I can’t say enough positive words to describe or measure the value of Ms. Stanley’s character. She is top-notched on all levels of professionalism and has thrived to exceed all my expectations. Ms. Stanley will truly be an asset to you and to anyone who will have the opportunity to have her serve on their team. She is the best of the best

                 ~The Davis Family



Mrs. Stanley has a passion to do what is required to afford all children with the tools, resources, support and appropriate settings necessary to enable them to reach their full potential and have a successful and happy future. She does this with a sense of excitement while remaining very professional. I can't wait to recommend her to other families in need of these services as I am confident that they will find it very rewarding.

                      

            ~The Scott Family





 

Ms. Stanley, from Loud Voices Together, provided me with very valuable information, which helped me come out of denial and seek the assistance to provide resources for my children. It was a process to accept that this is what is really going on and I was not alone in this process. 


Before I had contacted my local Infant and Toddler Program, Ronnetta forwarded me a few pages that laid out how the process would work, helped me understand the verbiage that would be used, and really prepared me for this journey of new found vulnerability. I felt openness to finally getting the resources needed to help my sons.

          ~ The Maldonado Family


            


           The new school year is here. 


                       Are you ready? 


BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKLIST

(1) New spiral book.  Get a new spiral notebook to document incidents concerning your child at home and at school, and conversations with the school and professionals. Start by documenting how your child did over the summer, which is important if you plan to ask for an Extended School Year. Keep this book handy (in the kitchen, for example).

 

(2) New very large folder. Get a folder in which you can toss ALL school work and notes your child brings home for that year. This can be very important for you to evaluate and monitor and document the child’s progress during that year, and from year to year.


(3) New loose-leaf book. Use this to file IEPs, the latest Parental Rights book from your state Department of Education, notices, emails, official reports to and from school and doctors/therapists. Remember that your requests to the Child Study Team MUST be in writing in order to initiate certain procedural protections.


To-Do List


Update the School Nurse.  You may want to disclose medication status and changes.

Educate the New Staff. Initiate friendly contact with your child’s new teacher, aide and therapists to describe how to best handle your child.


Monitor. Watch your child's progress on a regular, periodic basis. Report your concerns early to the teacher and your Child Study Team Case Manager. Don't assume your child is making progress during the year. And, don’t wait until the annual IEP meeting to find out.


Check up by Private Specialists Have your your child periodically examined/treated by your own team of therapists and specialists. If you have concerns about the upcoming school year, it is helpful to get a “baseline” picture of your child at the start of the year. Krizman, L. (2016, Aug 18). Starting a New IEP Advocacy Year:  Back to School Tips. Retrieved from http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/advo.school.tips.krizman.htm



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