Parents: Doesn't Your Child Deserve a Special Education?

 If your child or teen-ager has a known learning disorder, you likely possess a staggering number of records and papers regarding his or her disability. It is hard to make sense of the sometimes incomprehensible information buried in these documents from the school district and outside consultants.  Ellen Fennick Ph.D. works with parents to extract useful information from the numerous records of their children with disabilities. 
 Dr. Fennick is a former special education teacher and professor of teacher education who assists parents and special education attorneys on behalf of children and youth with disabilities.  She truly understands the special education process, as well as the obstacles that parents can encounter without professional guidance and support.   While sitting with you in a private face-to-face session, Dr. Fennick will explain in easy-to-understand language the complicated information contained in:
  • Behavior reports and plans
  • Evaluation reports and tests
  • Professional/school staff observation notes
  • Progress reports
  • Occupational therapy and physical therapy reports
In essence, Dr. Fennick functions as an educational case manager, by reviewing and prioritizing your child's pile of paperwork. She will list and label what is important, what you can disregard, and what you should question further. Based on your child's specific needs, Dr. Fennick will write clear recommendations you can use for your child's IEP or 504 Plan. For example:
  • Educational goals and related services
  • Accommodations for education, recreation and the physical environment
  • Specially designed instruction
She will answer questions such as:
  • Do the records show a significant discrepancy between ability and achievement?
  • Are your child's IEP goals too low or too high?
  • If you spend hours helping your chid with homework is the school factoring your help into their evaluations of your child's progress?
  • Are the results of all of those tests providing information about your child's needs?  If not, what other types of testing might also provide helpful information?
  • Are scores from national tests and district assessments being properly interpreted?
As a disability education consultant and educator with over 30 years of practical experience, she develops strategies to improve your child’s overall learning and behavior in the classroom.   Dr. Fennick can also:
  • Help you plan for your child’s needs at school meetings
  • Write actionable recommendations that match your child’s unique needs
With Dr. Fennick's help, you'll uncover what is possible for your child in school.  Remember: You are not "just the parent" or an outsider-- you are your child's most important advocate.  

 If your child has an existing Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plan, Dr. Fennick can evaluate it for you and make appropriate recommendations. If your teen intends to attend college, Dr. Fennick offers transitional planning guidance regarding adjustment to the college environment, accommodations, and available support at the college level. 

  • Ellen Fennick’s credentials include a Ph.D. in Administration, Curriculum and Instruction. For more detailed information, please view her academic BIOGRAPHY. Because Dr. Fennick copes with a processing disability of her own, she understands the effects of a disability on a very personal level. Please contact Dr. Fennick by email at or by phone at 856-264-3076 today to start the conversation that can lead to your child’s educational success!