Education-Relief, Inc. Mission:
To directly connect with childcare center-based programs (CBP), select preschools and private schools to offer:
1. Teacher AND Parent Training to: a) identify typical verses atypical behavior / development, b) strengthen and increase effective communication skills, c) other needed training/workshops
NEW: via SKYPE &/or WEBINARS
2. Consultant, Coordination, Evaluations, Services, Training and Mediation
3. Referrals to Educational Advocates, other SETs, PTs, OTs and SLP therapists, etc.
Education-Relief, Inc. (E-R) provides educators and parents with a resource for obtaining evaluations and possible services for children at risk, misdiagnosed or undiagnosed with a condition requiring assistance.
E-R is available to coordinate scheduling and follow up consulting with teachers and parents regarding a child who currently receives services, to be sure all needs are being met and address any further concerns.
E-R offers a free 15-20 minute initial consultation or observation of any child. E-R will provide an independent evaluation and/or individualized instruction for the child in the LRE (Least Restrictive Environment). Services are offered in the home, CBPs, preschools, private elementary / middle schools and summer camps.
Our Complete Cooperative Network Referral System (CCNRS) is crucial for bridging the gaps / connecting and obtaining appropriate services. A CCNRS includes administrators, educators, all related service providers, physicians and attorneys. E-R successfully collaborates with other Advocates, Parents, Educators, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech / Language Pathologists (SLP), Occupational (OT) and Physical Therapists (PT) for children ages birth-5 and 5-21.
Elaine B. Feigenbaum, President is a special educator, independent liaison / consultant, coordinator, evaluator, educator and mediator available to contract with your school and the families you service. E-R is also a great resource for parents and families who have concerns about their child’s development being cared for in their home.
Elaine B. Feigenbaum, has worked as a consultant for almost 15 years with children with a variety of disabilities; has had great success obtaining appropriate services. As a certified, trained special educator, instruction is provided individually or in small groups with children, parents and teachers, and our CCNRS support team members.
Early Intervention (EI): birth-3 years of age
Special Education Itinerary Teacher (SEIT): 3-5 years old
Parent / Teacher training
Referrals to SLP, OT and PT are provided when needed
Education-Relief, Inc. (E-R) Support Team
Elaine B. Feigenbaum, President
I have been in the early childhood field for almost 30 years including 15 years in special education. I have personally and professionally worked as an advocate, consultant, coordinator, educator, evaluator and mediator. I have had tremendous success networking with parents and professionals to obtain appropriate services for children. I have provided both individual and small group instruction/training with children, parents and educators.
Stacey Astachovsky is the owner of Strategic Achievements, LLC, providing consulting services to families wanting assistance navigating through New York State government benefits and entitlements, in addition to providing trainings for professionals in the special needs and mainstream communities. Stacey is also the newly appointed Director of Customized Employment at Life’s WORC, Inc. facilitating innovative employment opportunities for individuals with different abilities.
Prior to this position, she provided direct services as the Education Advocacy Specialist for the Family Advocacy Information and Referral (FAIR) Program at FEGS Health & Human Services to families and professionals caring for individuals with special needs. Ms. Astachovsky has served as a member of the Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi’s “Roadmap for Autism” Coalition, including the sub-committee for Family Support Services and the Long Island Coalition for Autism. She currently serves on the Interagency Coordinated Council of Long Island, in addition both Nassau and Suffolk Interagency Transition Teams including the Self Determination sub-committee through Long Island’s RSE-TASC.
Ms. Astachovsky serves as an Advisory Board Member for Changing Hands, a not-for-profit assisting individuals with alternative abilities to gain self-worth through community involvement. Ms. Astachovsky also serves as a Voluntary Board Member for Population Earth – We Are One, a not-for-profit assisting individuals and families with Autism and other developmental disorders in hopes to gain progress and community through holistic and alternative means. She is the recipient of the Laura E. Wagman Memorial Award in 2007, and a three time nominee for the Zella E. Bronfman Award in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Ms. Astachovsky’s previous experience includes working with families coping with a range of needs including learning, developmental, physical and mental disabilities; substance abuse; homelessness, forensic and criminal matters in the family and juvenile justice court systems. Ms. Astachovsky earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Monmouth University and her Master’s in Science from the School of Social Work at Columbia University.
My mission, in creating and producing the musical Chasing Rainbows In Me, is:
- to promote better understanding of what pursuing happiness can mean;
- encouraging tolerance of those with differences;
- supporting understanding of, and appreciation of, a variety of cultures;
- aiding in the development of an understanding of cultural differences;
- helping with character building through teaching collaborative interactivity;
- and, certainly not least, utilizing language, music, puppets, and live theater to introduce children with and without special needs to the world beyond their doorstep.
Karen Horowitz is an experienced Early Childhood Professional with a background in teaching, administration and parenting education. She has a Masters degree in Elementary Education with certification N-6. She believes passionately about the importance of the early years in helping children reach their optimal potential. Since parents are their child’s first teachers, support for parents in that role is essential and every parent needs a boost of confidence at some time.
Karen currently runs the Parenting Resource Network (PRN) at the Friedberg JCC in Oceanside, NY. This is a program that serves as an information and referral service for parents of young children birth to five connecting them with resources in the community. In addition the PRN brings together community organizations that serve families with young children into a coalition to strengthen the family support each provides.
Brad H. Rosken is presently the managing partner in his own firm, the Law Offices of Brad H. Rosken, PLLC. His firm specializes in representing students with disabilities in their struggle to obtain the proper and necessary services from their local school districts as well as representing injured plaintiffs involved in personal injury actions.
The main goal of representing children with disabilities is to ensure that these children receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the most Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) possible. Mr. Rosken expanded into this area of law shortly after learning his own son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Prior to opening his own firm he worked for several different plaintiff side personal injury law firms in Manhattan. He has also argued and drafted briefs before the Appellate Divisions of New York State. Before becoming a personal injury attorney he was an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County.
His last year in the District Attorney’s Office he was assigned to the Narcotics Bureau where he handled narcotics related felonies from their arrest through to trial. He graduated from Touro Law Center in the spring of 1993. He is a certified New York State Impartial Hearing Officer and is presently hearing cases in New York City against the Department of Education as well as in Rockland and Westchester Counties. Mr. Rosken is presently admitted to practice law in all courts in the state of New York as well as in the U.S. District Court for both the Eastern and Southern District of New York.
He is currently a member of the American Association for Justice (formerly known as ATLA), the Suffolk County Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Care, COPAA (Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates), and is on the Board of Directors of the Custom Education Foundation (CEF). You can learn more about Mr. Rosken’s practice at his web site located at www.specialedcounselor.com.
Advocate For Success LLC offers parents of children with special needs a level playing field at the CSE table and in all aspects of working with school districts and their personnel. Ann Mergler has been an educational advocate with Advocate For Success LLC for 9 years and works to empower, educate and enlighten parents through their navigation of the world of special education for their children. Please contact us at email@example.com or 516 551 0706 for a complimentary consultation.
Island Wide Speech
Fara Augustover, M.A. CCC-SLP – Speech-Language Pathologist/Founder
Island Wide Speech is an auditory speech and language private practice servicing children of all ages. Our family centered approach allows parents and caregivers to participate in therapy and learn to carryover goals and activities at home.
Marlene Barnett, MS.Ed.
Marlene has many years experience as an Independent Contractor providing ABA, BIS and SPED services through Long Island school districts and OMRDD. Marlene provides services to school aged children from 5 years old through adulthood.
Marlene has primarily worked with severely autistic, non-verbal, behaviorally challenged, low functioning students. Marlene’s main concerns are that these students learn to somehow communicate. When these students can communicate, their behaviors are drastically reduced.
Each case is individual. Every client learns differently. Some can learn to communicate through sign language. Some can learn through visuals.
References are available from satisfied families upon request.