Helping students and their parents navigate the education system is often an important part of supporting a student on their way to self-sufficiency and success. SOS helps student's and their parents understand their rights, write letters, and negotiate services. Over many years, SOS coaches have worked with dozens of different schools and teachers in the Bay Area.
For Coaching Clients
Our coaches are advocates for each of their clients. An integral part of the coaching process is communication between coach, the student's family and his/her school. Once the student's challenges and needs have been identified, contact with teachers is often the key to improved academic performance. Coaches may work with the school staff to make adjustments or modifications in curriculum delivery, assignments or expectations to enhance and provide more rapid progress towards success. Parents, teen, coach and school staff work together. Coaches may attend school meetings, IEP's or student study teams to increase understanding of the students issues and difficulties and to help articulate what sort of support the school might provide the student.
Consultation As Needed
Beth Samuelson is available to meet with parents who would like assistance in working with the school to either improve or develop an IEP or 504 plan. Beth is available to review testing results and help communicate the student's needs to the school. Consultation may be a one hour session or several sessions and may include Beth's attendance at the IEP itself. Rate: $250 per hour.
While SOS is knowledgeable about legal rights and responsibilities, we are not a subsititute for legal advice. We do not hesitate to recommend legal assistance where we think it is appropriate.
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