Our job as therapeutic and educational placement specialists is to find the best environment in which to help your child thrive. Families often take a leap of faith in this unfamiliar process by putting their trust in people they do not know. With our background and experience in mental health, addiction and education, we are in a special position to develop recommendations based on the specific needs of each client. By making our approach explicit, we can help you have confidence that you are choosing the right course.

Our Process

We begin by identifying issues, needs, and criteria for an evidence-based recommendation. Our process entails analyzing information we get from psychological and educational evaluations, in-depth conversations with you and professionals who have worked with your child, a review of school records, and, if possible, meeting with you and your child.

100% of clients who answered an ECS survey tell us that we give a clear, concise, and informative presentation of our services to families.

Sometimes, to supplement what we know from these sources, we recommend a short-term diagnostic program to identify the major issues you and your child deal with on a daily basis at home, at school and in social activities.

We begin by asking questions in four areas of development: personality, cognitive, emotional, and social.

These four areas of development are intricately interwoven and do not operate in isolation. It is our job as consultants to sort through the complexity in order to give you a comprehensive portrayal of the major issues your child struggles with, the changes your child needs to make in order to thrive, and the kind of program that can meet these needs.

Your child's profile

Once we have identified and defined the nature of the major issues, we begin to formulate a profile of your child's needs. It is important to understand the difference between needs and wants. There are many things that all of us want that we don’t necessarily need. In fact, what we want may not be in our best interest to get our needs met. It is our job to identify core needs. Both parent and child may want programs to possess certain attributes or characteristics that may have little to do with what is necessary for healing or thriving. For example, parents may require their child “to be close to home” and use geographic location as a criterion for school choice. Oftentimes, schools/programs that are closer to home do not meet the child’s core needs.

To give you an idea of how we identify core needs, here are some of the questions we ask:

What kind of structure does your child need?

What kind of group milieu or social environment fits your child best?

What kind of therapy or counseling would benefit your family?

What type of academic environment is your child most likely to thrive in?

Once we answer these questions, we look at schools that meet most of the criteria identified. We say most because there is rarely a "perfect" school/program, but we can get close to the ideal by sorting through the nuances of care, treatment, and milieu.

At a time when parents/guardians are making one of the hardest decision of their lives, it is reassuring to know that we at ECS are knowledgeable, deliberate and systematic. Our background and experience in mental health and education allow us to make informed recommendations for the best possible fit for your child and family.

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