The Hard Truth
As a parent of a special needs child you have a responsibility to make sure your child receives a "free and appropriate education" tailored to your child's unique needs.
In many cases, the District, the School or Special Education administrators take the path of least resistance and offer less to your child than is required.
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There is a better way!
We believe that all individuals are entitled to lives of dignity and social engagement. .
Our goal is to empower families, such as yours, by identifying and working to obtain the tools and supports they need for their child with disabilities for a free and appropriate public education, public benefits, and social services.
We have combined forces with professionals from a diverse background in special education to create a truly unique experience for parents, who are struggling with the special education programs in Massachusetts.
A veteran teacher, with over thirty years of hands on experience with children with both dyslexia and A.D.H.D. As an educator she speaks the same language as the teachers and understands the administration; she will be working closely with the Advocate during every aspect of the initial interviews, and will be instrumental in developing a grade level IEP for your child.
The Speech Pathologist
Your school will have a Speech Language Pathologists on their side, her job will be to interpret the special education testing in a way that will best suit the school's staffing and financial needs. It is important to remember that a school like any business only has so many resources to spread around, and will do their best to keep within their budget. Unfortunately, this often means that your child’s best interest are not always served.
To counterbalance this, we have our own Speech Language Pathologists to interpret the school's testing results. It is also often necessary for parents to obtain independent testing in an area that the school did not feel was fiscally reasonable.
In addition to the IEP services, our experts will work with your child to accelerate her success in classroom activities, social interaction, literacy, and learning. Our Speech Language Pathologists collaborate with teachers, pediatricians, your team here at MAG and families, in order to support student communication skills both in and out of the classroom.
Wilson Certified Reading Tutors
In addition to our unique service of an in house Speech Language Pathologist, we also employ a team of both special education tutors and Wilson Certified Reading Specialists. If your child is suffering from either a reading based disability or is not at the grade level fluency that he or she should be reading at we can help.
The Wilson Reading System® was designed for students in grades 2-12 and adults with word-level deficits who are not making sufficient progress through their current intervention; have been unable to learn with other teaching strategies and require multisensory language instruction; or who require more intensive structured literacy instruction due to a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia.
As a structured literacy program based on phonological-coding research and Orton-Gillingham principles, WRS directly and systematically teaches the structure of the English language. Through the program, students learn fluent decoding and encoding skills to the level of mastery. From the beginning steps of the program, students receive instruction in:
Decoding and word study
Sight word recognition
Oral expressive language development
This special offering truly makes MAG a unique service, as we will follow your child from the starting gun to the finish line. Together we can decode the problem and create a lasting gift for your child, the gift of reading.
Your personal contact with the group, and your gatekeeper to the sometimes overwhelming world of special education. He will come to know your child as well as you do; with your consent he will: consult with your pediatrician, your child’s teachers, you, and your family to assist you in creating and presenting the strongest case possible to the school district. He will then respectfully but fiercely advocate for your child in those dreaded IEP meetings.