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.

Will your child be turning 5 in 2024? This fall, I am offering four free Turning 5 webinars to offer guidance on the kindergarten transition process to parents of children born in 2019, all hosted by the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music: Monday, September 18; Thursday, September 28; Tuesday, October 10; and Wednesday, October 18. At each talk, I will be joined by special education attorney Abbie Smith of Skyer Law and neuropsychologists Dr. David Salsberg and Dr. Laura Tagliareni from PALS. Get a jump on the process and lessen your kindergarten stress!

If you would like to receive alerts about future presentations, email me at sarah@nyspecialneeds.com to be put on the notification list.

And if you would like to talk about your child’s needs and education — strengthening your Early Intervention services, the CPSE transition process, Turning 5 and moving on to kindergarten, or just finding a better situation from preschool all the way up to high school — 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. I’d love to help you make better sense of everything.