About Bonnie LandauSpecial Education Advocate and Educational Consultant
Why I do this work.
When my older son was 6, a UCLA-trained neuropsychologist told us he would never be cognitively normal and we should save for group home care for when he became an adult. He is now in 9th grade, an honor student and creatively gifted. He is expected to go to college and grow up to have a ‘typical’ life. Because of the changes I’ve seen in him, I’ve decided to help other moms find solutions for their children.
My most valuable experience is that I have been a special education mom for over 11 years and I have found ways to help my children thrive despite the school and despite their diagnoses I have two children with IEPs, and I have been their advocate every single step of the way. I have also worked as a school counseling intern and an educational therapist in schools, providing services to students with IEPs.
I’ve lost count of the number of SSTs, 504s and IEPs I have attended. In our old district we had to fight really hard to get help for my older son. We ended up hiring a lawyer, which in many ways was more stressful than working with the school. In our new district, they have been amazing at offering services to help both our children.
The new district’s approached allowed me to focus on how I could help my child outside of school so they could overcome their difficulties. We have done more than a dozen therapies outside of the school, always with huge positive results for my children.
My goal: To help you help your child!
My entire focus is how we can help your child get the right support at school while also looking for solutions and strategies to help your child manage or overcome learning challenges. While most believe that once diagnosed the brain wiring never changes, I have seen over and over how the right approach can dramatically improve learning difficulties. Just because your child has a specific diagnosis doesn’t mean he/she is stuck with those symptoms for his/her entire life.
I can help you navigate the process of finding the right professionals to help your child improve. There are many therapies and approaches the school is prohibited from using, and often the best solutions fall into this category. But as the mom, you can use them and find ways to help your child thrive despite their early challenges.
Please contact me for a FREE 30-minute consultation. In that time we can discover what can be done to help your child gain academic and life success!
In addition to my experience in the school systems, I am the author of the Special Ed Mom Survival Guide: How to prevail in the special education process and discover life-long strategies for you and your child. I am also co-author of a book on auditory processing disorder (Same Journey, Different Paths: Stories of Auditory Processing Disorder), and creator of Grounded for Life, a pack of 52 exercises for grounding.
- Masters in Educational Counseling with a concentration in school and family-based counseling, University of La Verne,
- Masters in Spiritual Psychology, University of Santa Monica
- Bachelor of Architecture, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Credentials & Certifications:
- PPS Credential in School Counseling
- Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC)
- Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Training
- Structure of Intellect (SOI) assessor
- Irlen Syndrome screener
- Retained Primary Reflex screener
- Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children® (MMTIC®) assessor
“I have been on the receiving end of dire predictions about my child’s future, and I have seen my child recover and flourish.”
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