Every parent wants the best for his or her child. Every Teacher
wants the best for his or her student. Developing a tailored program
for your child's education is a daunting challenge. Guidance and
support through that process from someone who knows both the educational
issues and the science behind effective interventions can be critical.
Why should I consider an IEP consultation for
The IEP process is designed to help those students
who are struggling in the classroom for a variety of reasons,
including but not limited to learning disabilities, attention
deficit disorder, behavior issues, social skill development and
mood concerns. While the school system does an admirable job,
a third party, expert review of the components of the IEP can
be helpful when things don’t seem to be progressing and
supplemental testing can be done to confirm diagnosis, the appropriate
accommodations and modifications, confirm approaches and measure
progress and development made by your child.
What is involved in an IEP consultation?
A basic consultation includes a review of the
existing IEP, the diagnosis and test results used to develop the
IEP. This process involves providing us with the existing IEP
records and a face to face meeting. From there, we make specific
recommendation to you regarding focus areas, alternative treatments/educational
methodologies, ways to measure improvement and progress expectation,
as well as any other insights we would recommend. If there is
any specific areas that we suggest in an IEP, we provide it in
a written format that could be submitted during an IEP team meeting
as additional recommendations to the actual plan.
In addition to reviewing the IEP records and
face to face meetings, we may suggest additional testing to highlight
the psycho-educational aspects of your child’s learning
challenges. These results can be viewed as a second opinion, medical
opinion, or expert opinion that you could use in the IEP team
meeting. Many insurance companies reimburse for these types of
tests. These evaluations, taken along with those administered
by the school, will provide more context regarding expectation
for progress and skill development. These insights often make
significant differences in the classroom experience for both the
teachers and the student and both report more progress and achievement
as a result.
long does an IEP consultation last and how much does it cost?
Consultation can occur at a variety of levels
of intensity. Each level involves more time and commitment by
our consultants. Each situation is different and each family will
determine the level of consultation that is right for their circumstances.
Fees range from $750 for a basic review and recommendation to
$1200 for more advanced and complex cases. Those fees would not
include testing administration, scoring, and reporting.
Who performs the IEP consultations?
Dr. Laura Frazier and Dr. Theresa Shank have
expertise in working and collaborating with schools on IEP content
using a student’s strength-based approach.
Dr. Theresa Shank of CPE Clinic, LLC brings
over 20 years of experience in testing children for IEP content
and consultation. She has performed numerous evaluations on preschool
children and children with developmental disabilities such as
autism, mental retardation, and cerebral palsy. In all, she has
tested well over 1000 children and has an excellent sense of typical
and atypical development. Warm and compassionate, she sets both
parents and children at ease, presents test results in plain English,
and provides comprehensive reports that can be used to help children
get the services and accommodations they need to reach their full
Dr. Laura K. Frazier is a licensed psychologist
with over 10 years of experience in testing children and adolescents.
She has performed numerous evaluations on children and adolescents
with developmental and learning disabilities. Prior to earning
her doctorate, Dr. Frazier worked as an elementary school counselor
in the public school system, providing students with educational
planning and personal-social development. She brings the diversity
of perspective from testing across regions in the United States,
giving her insights from many approaches and has insights not
easily found with other providers. Friendly and approachable,
Dr. Frazier’s energy and compassion is easily felt both
by children and their parents alike.
They offer consulting and insights to parents
on the development of scientifically-sound educational plans that
stand the best chance of developing effective skills for their
child. They have a demonstrated track record of success for our
child clients in both public and private school settings. Our
School IEP Consultation Services include: