Who are We?

At BSEA we strive to make the process of getting your child the services they need and are legally entitled to as easy and painless as possible. 


The thought of going into an IEP meeting, mediation or hearing can be overwhelming. That is why we work with parents to realize their role as their childs' TEAM leader. This in turn allows them to facilitate open and effective communication with the school system, resulting in the best possible outcome in educationally assessing and planning for their child.



Our Team

BSEA is comprised of caring professionals who have the best interest of your child as their primary goal.


Our team is comprised of therapists who practice a wide range of specialties from speech and sensory integration to executive function and floortime therapies. We also have education and special education advocates and legal professionals available to meetyour needs.


Our Philosophy

We specialize in helping families negotiate these sometimes unchartered waters of special education that at best can feel overwhelming when left with the daunting task of advocating for your child.


Providing parents with the tools substantively and verbally so they may assume their new role as their child's primary advocate at IEP meetings is an integral part of what we do at BSEA.  But remember we always here to help and intercede on your behalf.


Hiring an advocate or legal professional to assist you and your child get the necessary services they need to succeed does not mean the end of your relationship with your school district.  Negotiation is not synonymous with confrontation and should be productive for both sides.  Too often schools and parents become entrenched in their respective positions and forget that they are discussing the education of a child.  That's why one of the first things we tell parents when being retained is that your child is our client even though you are paying the bills and we will do what is in the best interest of your child.

At BSEA we believe that enlisting the right kind of help early in your child's special education process will lower costs, maintain a positive relationship between parents and the school district and enrich interaction between your child and their school.

It is not about confrontation it is about as a parent getting one opportunity to get you child the services and education they need and deserve.

When IDEA 2004 was reauthorized RTI was given a much larger role than previously with regard to identifying children with learning disabilities. An incredible amount of resources are dedicated to special education each year with a fair amount going to identifying and testing children for specific learning disabilities but the hope is that RTI will help to alleviate this problem.   To read the full article click​ on the ARTICLES/LINKS page.

"We were totally lost against the public school machine until you came recommended. I knew you were the right person for the job when you told me that although I'm paying you,that you were working for my son." 

- BK

 

"Without the added expense of a formal hearing, BSEA quickly and successfully negotiated a fair long-term settlement with our recalcitrant school district." - CY

 


Baystate Special Education Advocacy

Littleton MA 01460

978-837-8717

 

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