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Special Needs Case Studies

Poland to North America

From Therapeutic Boarding School to Mainstream Private Prep

Challenge

A company contacted School Search Solutions to see if we could assist a student who had been institutionalized after a mental breakdown due to traumatic bullying. The student had been home schooled, attended a treatment center then segued into a therapeutic boarding school.  He was diagnosed with anxiety disorder and bipolar disorder and began therapy and mood stabilizing medication.  The family considered three possible locations in North America  for his continued treatment, Houston, Toronto and the Greater New York Area.

Approach

School Search Solutions and the student’s therapist determined that the student was ready for a mainstream school. We established an ideal school environment and the required support.  During the initial consultation, the special educator assisted the family to narrow their search from three to two locations (Greater New York area and Houston). The on-the-ground consultants then sourced schools in both areas and advocated on behalf of the family.

Outcome

Acceptances: A private independent school in Houston and a parochial school in Manhattan. The family was thrilled and relieved. They had schooling options for their child where he could do well and thrive.

Washington to Michigan

Challenge

We are education specialists.  Special needs for this family included incorporating physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy into the school day.  Family was considering both public and private schools; without securing housing and establishing residency, the public schools in the new area would not grant the parents a meeting to start the IEP process.

Approach

School Search Solutions established a deep understanding of the family’s needs and vetted schools based on their special needs support and delivery. The education consultant worked collaboratively with the realtor to help determine the most suitable location.

Outcome

The family was delighted that the student was accepted to a preschool where therapies were integrated seamlessly throughout the day. School Search Solutions also sourced aquatic physical therapy and gave the family a list of local therapists in their new area.

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