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Are you the parent of a child with special needs?

Are you stressed out by the choices you’re being asked to make about your child’s therapy, education, and future?

Does it feel as if most of your friends have no idea what your life is like these days?

If this sounds familiar, there is help.¬†You don’t have to do this alone.

My name is Sarah Birnbaum, and I am a parent advocate and special education advisor. As the parent of a child with special needs, I have been navigating this world for many years, learning the ins and outs of services and educational options in New York. I have gained a wealth of knowledge about therapists, agencies, schools, governmental bodies, and best practices in working with any of them.

Whatever your stage of the journey — whether you have just called Early Intervention or are looking at high schools — I can offer you help, information, and support.


I have now given my last Turning 5 and Life After EI presentations for the 2017-18 school year. In the coming weeks, I will be announcing 2018-19 workshop dates, including a May 2018 Turning 5 talk to help 2019 kindergarten families get a head start. If you would like to receive the alerts when I send them out, email me at sarah@nyspecialneeds.com to be put on the notification list.

If you have missed my talks but would like to learn more about the preschool or kindergarten transition process, or have questions about your child’s educational options no matter their age, I welcome parents to set up an initial consultation call of up to 30 minutes at no charge. Please email me to schedule a conversation about Turning 5, the transition from EI to CPSE, finding a better educational fit for your child from preschool all the way up to high school, or anything else concerning your child’s situation.