Glossary of Professionals

  • ADD coaches offer support, structure, strategies and skills to students in the areas of executive functioning, focus and socialization, while increasing self-confidence, self-advocacy and success across all venues.

  • Advocates support, defend, and fight to protect, the rights of children and adults with educational and legal challenges.

  • Applied Behavior Specialists (ABS) are responsible for evaluating, assessing and developing behavioral support plans. In addition, they ensure that staff are implementing these behavioral plans, as written and ensures paperwork is completed and assessments done in the area of Psychology.

  • Art therapists utilize art materials, art making, and visual communications, to help individuals of all ages to heal, grow, and fulfill their vast potential. These professionals provide individual, family or group therapies for those experiencing a wide variety of emotional, behavioral and social challenges, as well as for those going through life transitions.

  • Special education attorneys seek to defend and protect the educational rights of students with a broad range of special needs, and ensure that they receive all of the services guaranteed by state and federal laws.

  • Audiologists evaluate, and assist student with, hearing, balance and related ear problems. They often utilize medical, educational and psychological assessments to develop effective treatment strategies.

  • College consultants assist clients in identifying post-secondary goals and options. Tasks include assessing interests and strengths, creating a list of suitable colleges and universities, and offering guidance and support with the application process.

  • These physicians specialize in evaluating and treating youngsters with developmental, behavioral and learning difficulties. Patients include those with autism spectrum disorders, cognitive impairments, language delays, ADHD, tic disorders, feeding problems and toileting challenges.

  • These professionals are familiar with a wide range of schools, colleges and treatment programs, both locally and nationwide, and guide parents and students in selecting the most appropriate venues available to them.

  • Working either in school settings or private practices, these professionals offer individualized diagnostic and support services to students with learning challenges. Learning specialists help students to develop compensatory and self-advocacy skills, increase achievement levels, improve organization and time management, and combat performance anxiety.

  • Licensed professional counselors provide mental health and substance abuse care to millions of Americans.  LPCs are master’s-degreed mental health service providers, trained to work with individuals, families, and groups in treating mental, behavioral, and emotional problems and disorders.  LPCs make up a large percentage of the workforce employed in community mental health centers, agencies, and organizations, and are employed within and covered by managed care organizations and health plans.  LPCs also work with active duty military personnel and their families, as well as veterans.

  • The MFTs are mental health professionals who evaluate and treat individuals, couples and family members in an effort to reduce conflict and improve relationships among and between significant others. Although there is often an “identified patient” when clients seek couples or family counseling, it is generally the couple or the family that becomes the focus of treatment.

  • Music can be a powerful source of comfort and strength for individuals facing difficult personal challenges. Music therapists encourage the use of music to combat depression, anxiety, isolation and self-doubt often associated with disability or illness.

  • Occupational therapists assess and remediate cognitive, social, motor and physical skills in an effort to increase independence and enhance self-esteem in children and teenagers. They work to improve client competencies in the areas of play, learning, socialization and skills of daily living. Other areas of focus include improved balance and muscle tone, hand-eye coordination, sensory integration, and attention and listening skills.

  • Pediatric physical therapists provide treatment and remediation for children and adolescents with injuries, developmental delays and medical conditions affecting joints, muscles and bones. Treatment, utilizing a vast array of equipment and strategies, focuses on improving motor skills, balance, strength and endurance.

  • Play therapists help children to communicate distressing feelings, and information about troubling events, through creative play utilizing toys, games, sand, music, art and conversation.

  • Psychiatrists are medical doctors who evaluate and treat individuals with a broad range of social, emotional and behavioral challenges stemming from developmental, neurological, and mental disorders. Psychiatrists are trained to prescribe medications and provide psychotherapy.

  • Assessment psychologists utilize interviews, observation and standardized tests to answer questions about learning style, attention, educational needs, intellectual functioning, emotional status and diagnoses. A formal psychological evaluation generates recommendations for treatment, academic accommodations and behavioral management. These are communicated during meetings with parents and professionals, and in a comprehensive written report that can be shared with schools and caregivers.

  • Clinical psychologists and other psychotherapists utilize a variety of treatment modalities to help clients struggling with social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties in school, home and community settings.

  • These individuals are trained to apply psycho-physiological principles to the treatment of mental and physical disorders. Health psychologists utilize behavioral interventions such as biofeedback and stress reduction to combat such conditions as cognitive disorders, sleep disorders, headaches, asthma, gastrointestinal illnesses, brain injuries, chronic pain and substance abuse.

  • Pediatric neuropsychologists are experts in the relationship between brain health/development and behavior. They help to restore physical, social and emotional wellbeing to children and adolescents with neurological challenges caused by traumatic brain injury, stroke, mental disorders, or substance exposure/abuse.

  • School psychologists observe, test and evaluate students struggling with academic, developmental, social, emotional and behavioral challenges—with the goal of determining and implementing the best strategies for improving learning.

  • Psychotherapists are trained mental health professionals who address clients' emotional needs and behavioral patterns. They can utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches to work with clients of all ages and with a variety of challenges. Psychotherapists might work with individuals, couples, families and groups.

  • Reading specialists are experts in the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities. They are trained to work with individuals with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities. Some reading specialists work in school settings, while others provide private tutoring.

  • These are professional educators who oversee some or all aspects of the daily operation of a school.

  • School consultants consult with educators to address individual student needs. They may be members of a school's staff or be employed by a family on behalf of their child.

  • School counselors help students to achieve academic, social and emotional success and wellbeing through individual and group interventions. Some school counselors also assist with career and college planning.

  • School Technology Consultants specialize in the use of technology both in the classroom and in the cloud to improve both the educational resources available to students and teachers, as well as assist in making school and classroom administration/record-keeping more efficient and transparent.  Technology consultants assist in recommending both hardware and software to support the needs of schools and school districts.

  • These professionals provide instruction, training and therapy aimed at improving the social success, executive functioning and life skills of clients who often have neuro-developmental disorders such as ADHD, learning disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders.

  • Social workers are mental health professionals who provide counseling, advocacy and support in an effort to improve the quality of life for clients. They can work in a variety of settings, including private practice, schools, hospitals and mental health facilities.

  • These experts are trained to evaluate and treat individuals with speech/articulation, language/literacy, voice, fluency (stammering/stuttering), hearing and swallowing problems that affect their ability to communicate.

  • Teachers are educators who assess the needs and skill levels of students, and who plan, develop and organize lessons in order to achieve goals in the classroom.

  • Foreign Language Tutors are certified teachers or subject specialists who generally work with students on an individual basis in sessions of 45-60 minutes.They can help younger students bolster skills in foreign languages including vocabulary, grammar, conjugation, translating passages, writing and conversing in a foreign language, study cultural topics, and prepare for tests. Many tutors have regular communication with parents and classroom teachers, to ensure that students are progressing well.

  • Math Tutors are certified teachers or subject specialists who generally work with students on an individual basis in sessions of 45-60 minutes. They can help younger students bolster skills in basic mathematical operation and help high school students to focus on specific subjects, and prepare for tests. Areas of focus may include logical proofs, order of operations, word problems, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Probability, and Statistics. Many tutors have regular communication with parents and classroom teachers, to ensure that students are progressing well.

  • Reading and Writing Tutors are certified teachers or subject specialists who generally work with students on an individual basis in sessions of 45-60 minutes.They can help younger students bolster skills in literacy; assist middle school students with writing reports, and managing their time; and help high school students to focus on specific subjects, write essays and analytical papers, and prepare for tests. Many tutors have regular communication with parents and classroom teachers, to ensure that students are progressing well.

  • Science Tutors are certified teachers or subject specialists who generally work with students on an individual basis in sessions of 45-60 minutes.They can help younger students bolster skills in research and experimentation; assist middle school students with writing reports; and help high school students to focus on specific subjects, write lab reports, and prepare for tests. Many tutors have regular communication with parents and classroom teachers, to ensure that students are progressing well.

  • These tutors support students in learning study and test-taking strategies, as well as organizational and time management skills, for a broad range of subject-specific and standardized tests. They often help with preparation for the SAT and ACT as well as admission tests for independent day schools.

  • Vision specialists seek to identify and treat visual difficulties that can interfere with learning, reading and focused attention.

  • These experts identify potential careers for students, and assess their suitability for specific career paths, through vocational testing, interviews and surveys. They then recommend specific courses of study, or vocational training, to help the students achieve success.