Educational Consulting for Individuals with Special Needs
Educational consultants who work with individuals with special needs assist families in locating schools and treatment programs that are designed to help teens or young adults with learning, psychiatric, emotional or behavioral problems, including substance abuse and process addictions (such as gaming and computer addictions.)
Dr. Henig's process when doing such consulting involves the following:
- A detailed and comprehensive initial meeting during which Dr. Henig learns about the sorts of issues facing the teen or young adult, and the sorts of schools, treatments and programs that have already been tried.
- Dr. Henig carefully reviews available and relevant reports and records. And, with proper permission, she contacts professionals that know the teen or young adult, to further understand his or her unique needs and characteristics.
- Once it is understood what sort of school or program might be helpful, Dr. Henig then develops a list of schools and/or programs and assists the family in sorting out which of these options might be the best fit.
- Because this is a consultation service and not merely placement advice, Dr. Henig then interfaces with the school or program and the family, in order to enhance the individual's therapeutic and/or academic experience while there.
- Depending on the particular situation, Dr. Henig is available to assist the family in locating an appropriate aftercare experience, to increase the likelihood that the teen or young adult is able to maintain the gains that have made in the school or program.
Educational and therapeutic consulting requires that the consultant be familiar with schools and programs throughout the country, and Dr. Henig has personally site visited and toured over two hundred. Indeed she typically travels on a monthly basis, sometimes several times a month.
The following are the types of schools and programs that Dr. Henig can help you find and work with:
- Traditional boarding schools, particularly those with academic support for struggling students
- Therapeutic boarding schools
- Boarding schools for students with learning differences
- Boarding schools for students on the spectrum
- Emotional growth boarding schools
- Residential treatment centers
- Substance abuse treatment centers
- Programs for individuals with process and internet addictions
- Sober living programs for young adults
- Wilderness therapy programs
- Programs for individuals with mild to moderate cognitive impairments, including those for students with and without accompanying psychiatric and/or behavioral problems
- Residential communities that provide ongoing and long-term support for young adults and adults with either cognitive limitations or chronic psychiatric illness
- Young adult transitional programs, including a variety of programs designed to support young adults who need assistance with launching into independence. Young adults with psychiatric and substance abuse issues, learning differences, intellectual limitations or developmental problems, including autistic spectrum disorder, are among those served by these types of programs.
Dr. Henig is also the lead associate with Academic-Therapeutic Options: Dr. Stephen Migden and Associates, a professional practice that specializes in educational consulting for individuals with special needs. A full member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association) and a Certified Educational Planner (American Institute of Certified Educational Planners), Dr. Henig regularly attends conferences and educational programs that enhance her skills and expertise in this field.
When advising families about school and program placement options, Dr. Henig does not function as a psychologist, therapist or psychological evaluator. Though she will naturally use the background of experience and knowledge gained from all the decades she has worked as a psychologist, she is very careful to separate the role of psychologist from that of educational consultant.