What families are saying

Laurel Collins is an extremely dedicated and knowledgeable educational advocate. My husband and I were fortunate enough to find Laurel within a week of a big IEP meeting. Laurel did not hesitate to immediately dive right in and help us. She reviewed all of our daughters evaluations and quickly came up with a successful strategy to get our daughter what she deserved. We ended up getting an appropriate and strong program our daughter, and this would not have been possible without Laurel. She is compassionate and collaborative and is an expert in communicating with school systems. Words can not describe how grateful my husband and I are to have Laurel Collins as our educational advocate. We highly recommend Laurel to anyone in search of an advocate for their child.

-Lisa S., February 2016

Our autistic son had a very traumatic transition to high school. Our efforts to navigate the frustrating legal tangle of special education regulations were going in circles. Laurel Collins assessed the situation we were in and swiftly charted a path to get our son placed in a school where he is getting specialized instructions, related services and accommodations to access and make progress in learning.

Laurel has a wonderful rapport with people. Her ability to connect with critical offices and administrators was instrumental in getting the job done. She has excellent written and verbal communication skills, is extremely organized, and determined.

Throughout our interactions with her, we felt that Laurel’s mission and philosophy are influenced by the fact that she is a parent of children with special needs.  We recommend Laurel without reservation.

Al M.  & Nora S.

Service Category: Special Education Advocate

Year first hired: 2012

Top Qualities: Fast, Great Results, Expert, Excellent Communication Skills

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Laurel Collins is dedicated advocate who effectively works with parents and school administration.  Like me, many parents contact Laurel when the “team” is not in agreement or when parents need a direction with guided support. Laurel is there to help parents pick up the pieces and move forward with the “team” so that a child can get a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). In order to do this one has to have the knowledge of special education law and process which Laurel possesses.  Laurel takes the time to do a record review and hear what the goal of the child/parents is.  Having seen some of Laurel’s work through my own and other families’ experiences I would highly recommend her as an educational advocate.  Educational advocacy is what Laurel does. Advocacy is a job that she takes seriously, and she is honest with her clients as to what she thinks the outcome can be. 

Amy G.,  January 21, 2013

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Laurel has been our daughter’s advocate for over a year, and has changed the course of my child’s life.  After years of floundering in an inadequate public school setting and failing both socially and academically; my daughter now has an out of district placement at a wonderful school that is a great fit for her.  Laurel did an incredible job of advocating for my daughter, and went on to do a wonderful  job with two of my nephews.  I will never attend another IEP meeting without her!

Service Category: Special Education Advocate

Year first hired: 2011 (hired more than once)

Top Qualities:  Great results, Expert, Good Value

– Kathleen Mun,  January 20, 2013

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“Laurel thoroughly researched all information, testing, and progress reports for my son. She was able to synthesize all the information and present a detailed description of my son’s medical, learning, and social emotional needs. She was able to get all the professionals who work with him to understand who he is as a student and a person and what he needs to be happy and successful as well as to achieve his potential.”

-Wanda M., January 20, 2013

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“Laurel has been a wonderful and effective partner on our son’s team over the past six months. Her depth of experience and knowledge, passion for her profession, and true partnership with our family has greatly assisted us in understanding and navigating the special needs education arena, and helped us to obtain services for our son that he otherwise would not have. I recommend her to any family seeking assistance with Autism and special needs programs!”

March 17, 2012, Sean Stanek
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“Laurel has been an excellent advocate and advisor for our family. She works well with the school district and is known for her persistence. She is honest and straight-forward with her clients, which is a relief in the nebulous world of IEPs. I have recommended her to my friends, and would recommend her to anyone who is wondering if they need a SPED advocate.” December 28, 2011

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

1st Adrienne Szafranski
hired Laurel as a Educational advocate in 2011

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“I cannot thank Laurel enough for everything that she has done for our family. Laurel is aggressive and no-nonsense. She has done everything in her power, and sought out more power, when needed, to get our son every possible tool out there to help him grow and flourish. I doubt VERY highly that you will find a better, more dedicated advocate for your child. Thank you, Laurel!!” December 3, 2011

Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

1st Danielle Burnett
hired Laurel as a Special Education Advocate in 2011

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“Laurel is an experienced and skilled advocate who can help your child to access the services and resources needed for an appropriate educational program. We are very thankful for the work she has done. I highly recommend Laurel!” December 2, 2011

Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

1st Ed Tree
hired Laurel as a Special Ed Advocate in 2011

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“I highly recommend Laurel Collins. She is a pleasure to work with and has been a very effective educational advocate for our child over the last year and a half. She is very organized, always reachable when we need to communicate, thoughtful, and knowledgeable. Laurel works well with the team and partners with special education administrators to support common goals. Her skills were critical to obtaining two out-of-district placements, and her style was always professional and creative. She always asks salient questions and provides appropriate suggestions for the IEP process.

Laurel’s experiences in the special education world as the parent of 2 kids with significant needs, and also having been a provider and trainer give her a perspective that allows her to see both sides and negotiate on solid footing, while never failing to be compassionate and realistic. You’ll definitely want Laurel on your side when it is time to prepare for that IEP meeting or when you face some tough negotiations with your children’s school district. She is a true member of our child’s team, a fact graciously acknowledged by our special education director. In short, I highly endorse Laurel’s work as a special education advocate and consultant.” October 26, 2011

Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

1st Joerg Drewitz
hired Laurel as a Special Education Advocate in 2010, and hired Laurel more than once

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“Laurel is an effective advocate for parents of children with special needs. She specializes in young children with special needs. I highly recommend her. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Cynthia Levine” August 28, 2009

1st Cynthia E. Levine, Education, Inclusion & Behavior Consultant, Assistive Technology Specialist, Shriver Clinical Services Corporation
was with another company when working with Laurel at Special Education Advocacy

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“Laurel is very knowlegable and a strong advocate for those with special needs. She is well versed in special education laws and can support others as an advocate very well.” August 26, 2009

1st Rebecca Goniwich, Workshop Presenter, Federation for Children with Special Needs
was with another company when working with Laurel at Special Education Advocacy

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“Laurel Collins is a passionate advocate for children with disabilities. She has excellent leadership skills and dedication to make sure that children with disabilities receive the education that they are entitled to. She is dedicated to her professional development to stay current in the field of special education and advocacy.” April 16, 2009

1st Suzanne Gervais, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of Special Education Parent Advisory Councils
worked directly with Laurel at Special Education Advocacy

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“I am writing in behalf of Laurel Collins. I had the privilege of caring for her children as a school nurse in Woburn, Ma. Laurel’s devotion to her children and others was amazing. She went above and beyond her status of a mother and her advocacy to special needs: especially with Autism. She is caring, knowlegeable and an expert in the special education field. I would recommended Laurel in all aspects in the educational/consultant field.” April 16, 2009

1st Kate Genovese, Author/RN, Whispering Hill press
was a consultant or contractor to Laurel at Special Education Advocacy

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“Ms. Collins is a very skilled and compassionate advocate for children who have special needs. She is very sensitive to family issues and works collaboratively with school districts to ensure the best educational programming for students with disabilities. She is a skilled negotiator and facilitator and has developed a successful advocacy practice as a result. I recommend Laurel Collins without reservation.” November 13, 2011

1st Suzanne Gervais, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of Special Education Parent Advisory Councils
worked with Laurel at Federation for Children with Special Needs

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