Children's Bad Behavior

Mindy MazurMindy Mazur

When you have a child with special needs (or suspect that they might have), you may be dealing with a public school system that doesn't adequately address the social and emotional components. The schools, which should be on your side and on your child's side, often aggravate the problem. That's where I come in

If you suspect your child is having difficulty learning, I can explain the five steps that you can take immediately.

If you worry that your child is not receiving services documented on their Individual Education Program (IEP), I am versed in the Special Education Laws and the processes you need to follow.

If you experience the run around, I know how to make it stop.

If you are told that your child just needs to try harder or is lazy, let me give you the tools and the speaking points to dispel this myth.

If you feel intimidated every time you speak or meet with school staff, I will support you and role play typical scenarios

Education and Training
I received a Graduate Certificate in Educational Therapy from Curry College in 2007, a Masters in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health in 1984, and a BA in American Studies/ Women Studies from the State University at Buffalo in 1975.

Related Experience
I am a former Deputy Director for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) AIDS Bureau for HIV Counseling and Testing, and was a regional manager of MDPH in the Bureau of Family and Community Health. I worked for The Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PAL), the state organization for the Federation for Children’s Mental Health. Since 2004, I have been in private practice as an Educational Therapist, Special Ed Parent Coach/Advocate and Consultant. I’m also an adoptive parent of a child with special needs.

Publications, Presentations, and Policy Development

  • Educational Therapy that Addresses Complex Profiles- AET Journal (January 2009)
  • Coming Full Circle: A Mother’s Journey www.mykidsupport.com (December 2008)
  • Parenting Power Hour –Guest Speaker, Waterford, CT Public Access TV (November 2008)
  • The 7 Secrets of Powerful Parenting Tele seminar Guest Speaker (October 2008)
  • Leave Your Hankie at the Door…The ABCs on How to Prepare for Your Child’s School Team Meeting Free Report (May 2008)
  • Suspected or Diagnosed Mental Health Disorders and LDs in Adolescents:
    Navigating the School System and other Services Workshop for Parents and Professionals
    (April 2007)
  • Massachusetts Department of Social Services, System of Care Procurement Task Force (2003-2004)
  • Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership Coordinated Family Focus Care Committee member (2002-2004)
  • Collaboration Works: Improving access to care through family and health care plan partnerships, Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Annual Conference (November 2003)
  • ADHD, Executive Function, and Multi-tasking… What’s the Connection? And how does it play out in your child’s IEP? The ADHD Family Report, November 2009 Volume 1, Issue 1

Memberships and Associations
Association of Educational Therapists Associate Member (AET)
Greater Boston Association of Educational Therapists (GBAET)
Special Advocates Network Board Member (SPaN)
Massachusetts Association of Parent Advisory Councils Professional Member (MASSPAC)
Massachusetts Public Health Association Member (MPHA)
The Youth Centered Suicide Prevention Program Steering Committee Member

Personal
Raised in New York City, I now live in Milton, MA with my husband Jim, my son Sam and our puppy, Roshi.

 

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