Consultation Specialist

 At Child’s Best Dr. Learsy and Dr. Reiss provide consultation services to parents and families from their office in the Murray Hill neighborhood of New York City. The goal of the consultation services is to inform patients of evidence-based treatments, strategies, resources, and recommendations that will improve the current problem or situation. The goal is to provide information and strategies that empower families to address and manage their concerns.

What is a psychological consultation?

A psychological consultation serves to educate and inform patients and their families about a comprehensive treatment plan including evidence-based treatments, resources, and recommendations that will address the child’s current issue or situation. We work with families and children to develop an integrated treatment plan that may include psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, a family plan, a school plan, and complementary medicine. We will monitor progress throughout treatment to assess the effectiveness of the recommendations and make accommodations as needed. Our aim is to empower families to address and manage their concerns.

What do we provide consultation for?

  • Treatment planning
  • Educational placement
  • Navigating Special Education and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Family conflict
  • Divorce
  • How to plan for major changes and transitions
  • Information regarding diagnoses and treatment options
  • Parent-child conflict
  • Attachment Issues

Consultation for IEP Meetings

Navigating the special education system (CSE), whether it be Early Intervention (EI), Committee on Preschool Education (CPSE), or CSE, along with establishing and maintaining your child's individualized education plan (IEP), can be extremely challenging and time-consuming. We will assist you with issues related to your child’s educational planning. We developed this specialized IEP Preparation Consultation in order to help families understand the system, inform families about the services that are available for their child and how to qualify for the services, and how to advocate for your child. This 60-90 minute consultation session involves meeting with an experienced doctor to:

  • Discuss any concerns regarding your child's experience at school, or on the bus ride to school
  • Review your child's current IEP
  • Review the most recent assessments your child has received
  • Discuss progress made during the current school year
  • Discuss any gaps that may not be addressed by current educational services
  • Discuss if your child is receiving the appropriate services for the appropriate amount of time(s)
  • Discuss individualized goals for your child's education
  • Consider the appropriateness of your child's participation in his/her IEP meeting
  • Establish ways to coordinate services across school and community
  • Organize materials and prepare for the meeting itself

Based on your need, one of the doctors can attend the meeting with you. The goals of this service are to help you understand the department of education, your legal rights, the services available, and to prepare you so that you can advocate for your child. This will facilitate your ability to ascertain the services your child requires to access his/her education.

 

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