I am a therapeutic/educational consultant, concentrating exclusively on residential placements for challenging youth and young adults. I am a member in good standing of the IECA, Independent Educational Consultants Association, and the ADAA, Anxiety Disorders Association of America. For the last 14 years, I have traveled throughout the country as well as into parts of Canada, Mexico and Europe, personally visiting in excess of 800 facilities. The more places I visit, the fewer I use. It is not that there aren’t good programs, but a good program does not necessarily mean a good fit for your child. I am not compensated by any program for placing your child with them and, I select places based solely on the appropriateness of each individual client’s needs. As a parent of two children myself, I realize how challenging struggling teens can be and how critical that placement for your child needs to be. Since I have been in a similar situation with my own child, I am particularly sensitive to family issues that arise during a child’s placement. If you feel as though you have run out of options, let me help you navigate what can be a confusing array of possibilities.
As your educational consultant, I will guide you to options that you may not have considered or found on line and I will be there to support you through the emotional journey on which you are about to embark. This is not just a child placement; this is a placement for the whole family. From coaching you on the questions to ask programs, monitoring your child’s progress, advocating for your child with the programs, should situations arise and occasionally getting some scholarship-you need not feel that you are walking this path alone. These programs are expensive, with the low-end basic facility being approximately $3,800 a month to the high-end psychiatrically sophisticated program of $12,000 a month. Only you can decide if doing nothing is more expensive than getting the help that your child needs.
“My mantra has become that there is no shame
in having a child who struggles; the only shame
is when nothing is done about it.”