Real parents. Real kids. Real stories.
My daughter has been diagnosed with myriad emotional and educational problems including ADHD, GAD, bipolar II, and PTSD. Since she was a first grader I have been fighting with school systems to make sure her complex issues are addressed. As someone who is an activist by training, I thought I was prepared to advocate for my daughter’s needs. I was wrong. I spent years trying to get IEPs and 504 plans approved; even longer to get them enforced. I went to meeting after meeting with her school support teams without seeing any progress. By her third high school placement by sophomore year, I knew I needed help.
Loretta stepped in and helped us organize our arguments and supporting documents for an outplacement to a therapeutic school. She gave us invaluable feedback for every meeting, phone call, and email to and from the school district. She was able to provide the pros and cons, based on our daughter’s specific needs, of each option offered to us by the school district. Over the summer, she was able to get the district to reverse their decision to place our daughter in the absolutely wrong school. Because of her insight and expertise, our daughter was placed into a program that is custom tailored to fit her complicated issues. We feel secure in the knowledge that when we send our daughter off to school each morning, she is coming home a healthier and happier teen. It is too soon to determine if this school will be the answer, but we do know that she is receiving the top-notch education she deserves and the therapeutic support she needs. We now have hope for her future instead of struggling with the everyday.
It is no hyperbole to say that I owe my daughter’s future to Loretta and Parasol.
“The problems we were having with my daughter and school were consuming our every day. She was too sick to make it to school most days and the school had provided us with inadequate alternatives…for years. I didn’t think she would get credit for the school year and she certainly wasn’t learning the material. We were desperate and didn’t know where to turn.
“I cannot recommend Loretta Jay enough! My daughter has had a challenging academic journey and is currently in her 4th therapeutic day program. I was experiencing several challenges with our school district to transition her to a holistic program that would meet ALL of her needs. The district would often try to minimize the challenges she was experiencing and lack of full support that the previous day programs were not able to provide. Prior to the PPT meeting in March of 2019, Loretta provided valuable insight and guidance to highlight areas of opportunity that were not being addressed in her IEP. She has a thorough understanding of the process to request a referral to an educational day or boarding program, knowledge of the programs available and what resources to leverage to aid our goal of solidifying a referral to a program better suited to my daughter’s needs. She gave us the hope and support we needed to navigate an already stressful and overwhelming process. Thanks to Loretta’s expertise, we were successful in obtaining a referral to a day program that could fully address my daughter’s needs. She is thriving and finally feels like she belongs. Thank you Loretta for all of your help! Your guidance was invaluable.”