IEP Consultation

Pediatric Therapies is pleased to announce a new service we are offering to families.  Beginning this fall, Pediatric Therapies will offer customized, expert consultation and coaching to help parents navigate the special education system.

Do you have questions about your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan? Want to know more about how a child may qualify for school-based services? Would you like help in preparing for your child’s upcoming IEP meeting? Are you looking for ways to collaborate and improve communication with your child’s school?

Expert IEP coaching and consultation is provided by Dr. Cindy Blackwell, OTD, OTR/L.  Dr. Blackwell has several years of experience working in both public and private therapeutic schools with children aged 3-21.  Dr. Blackwell’s doctoral work in occupational therapy focused on developing a curriculum to help parents understand and navigate the special education system in order to become confident and collaborative advocates for their child. Dr. Blackwell is passionate about bridging the gap between parents, schools, and community-based care providers to create a united team focused on helping children reach their fullest potential.

Whether you choose our Extended Consultation Package or the Basic Consultation Package, our goal is for you to navigate the educational system as a fully confident, competent, and collaborative member of your child’s educational team, ensuring his or her academic success!

Talk to your child’s therapist or contact our office today for more information.


Extended IEP Consultation Package

This service will be offered in 3 parts:

Part 1: Information gathering prior to meeting with parent (1 hour)

  • Therapist will review documents such as previous IEPs, evaluations, and therapy notes
  • Documents will be provided by family via email or in person prior to consultation meeting
  • If no documentation exists, a pre-conference phone call with parent will occur to determine areas of need and plan for resource gathering
  • Therapist will consult with teachers or other service providers as applicable to determine the child’s strengths and areas of need or concern
  • Therapist will gather case-specific resources to share with parent/guardian during the in-person consultation

Part 1 outcomes:

  • Therapist will develop a holistic occupational profile of the child, including current areas of strength, needs, and strategies that are working for the child
  • Therapist will provide case-specific resource packets for parent/guardian

Part 2: In-person IEP consultation (90 minutes)

  • Therapist and parent/guardian will review current or proposed documents together
  • Therapist will review  with parent/guardian educational rights, procedural safeguards, and expectations for the evaluation and/or IEP process
  • Therapist and parent/guardian will discuss potential goal areas & generate suggested goals and accommodations
  • Therapist and parent/guardian will compile a list of questions to be brought up at the child’s evaluation or IEP meeting
  • Therapist will coach parent/guardian regarding collaborative communication skills in order to articulate concerns and make requests in a positive, team-oriented way

Part 2 outcomes:

  • Therapist and parent/guardian will develop a list of potential goals & accommodations to be discussed at the child’s meeting
  • Parent and therapist/guardian will develop a list of questions to be asked at the child’s meeting
  • Parent/guardian will demonstrate an understanding of expectations for the meeting as well as their rights and safeguards
  • Parent/guardian will demonstrate positive communication strategies to collaborate with the child’s school team

Part 3: Meeting follow up (30 minutes)

  • Therapist and parent/guardian will debrief following evaluation/IEP meeting
  • Therapist will answer any remaining questions parent/guardian may have
  • Therapist will provide follow up recommendations as needed

Part 3 outcomes:

  • Parent/guardian will demonstrate understanding of the results of their child’s IEP meeting
  • Parent/guardian will develop an action plan for meeting follow up, if needed

Basic IEP Consultation Package

The Basic IEP Consultation package consists of a 1-part, face-to-face IEP consultation (60-90 minutes). This meeting would consist of the following services:

  • Therapist and parent/guardian will briefly review existing IEP and evaluation documents, if applicable
  • Therapist will briefly review educational rights, procedural safeguards, and expectations for the evaluation and/or IEP process
  • Therapist and parent/guardian will discuss potential goal areas & generate suggested goals and accommodations
  • Therapist and parent/guardian will compile a list of questions to be brought up at the child’s evaluation or IEP meeting

*Therapist may be available to attend your child’s IEP meeting for an additional fee, schedule permitting.


Request IEP Consultation Information

If you are interested in learning more about IEP Consultation you can request information or if you would like to speak with someone we welcome your questions by phone at 615-377-1623.