• Attend meetings at school with you to:
    • Make sure you understand the information presented.
    • Exercise your rights.
    • Negotiate with your school district.
    • Present a plan and supporting evidence for what your child needs and why.
  • ​Communicate on your behalf with school district personnel (after you have signed the required waiver).
  • Attend independent evaluations.
  • Conduct observations of your child in the educational environment.​

Speech-Language Pathology

  • Coach you to apply strategies which facilitate development of your child’s communication.
  • Review speech and language evaluations from school providers and independent evaluators.

* This excludes any legal proceeding including hearings at the Bureau of Special Education Appeals.

Serving Students with Disabilities or Suspected Disabilities

  • autism
  • developmental delay
  • intellectual impairment
  • sensory impairment -hearing/vision/deaf/blind
  • neurological impairment
  • emotional impairment
  • communication impairment
  • physical impairment
  • health impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability 603 CMR 28.02


  • Review educational records.
  • Explain the special education process, laws, and regulations.
  • Help you understand your child’s IEP or 504 Plan.
  • Prepare you for meetings (IEP, 504, progress or meetings to review outside evaluations) in order to advocate for your child.*
  • Explain evaluation reports.
  • Present your options when your child fails to make progress.
  • Discuss school team proposals for services and placement before you sign an IEP.
  • Assist you in the preparation of written communication relevant to your child’s educational plan.
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