We are about empowering parents and children. We believe that in order to effectively navigate your child’s education, parents need a roadmap that supports them. Learning to understand a child with learning differences means understanding their strengths and their challenges. By providing you with the expertise and requirements necessary, we can help make every family successful. And that will make all the difference in the world.

Debbie Vielbaum

About Us

When it comes to your child’s educational experience with learning differences, it’s important to have the right person helping you answer the myriad of questions and make the right choices to make their educational journey successful.

I’m Debbie Vielbaum. With more than 30 years experience in various positions of responsibility at the nationally-recognized Charles Armstrong School and my educational planning background, I’ve acquired a unique combination of skills that will benefit you and your child from the first consultation throughout the entire process. You’ll be amazed at the difference.

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The following is a list of our services, you can select any that you may need. You may also see some things that you haven’t thought about before, so please feel free to ask us about how they can be of benefit to you.

  • Guidance and support for Parents on Private School placement for students with Learning Differences
  • Review school records and assessment results
  • Observe the child at school
  • Meet with the child or teenager
  • Confer with teachers, school personnel and other professionals who know and have worked with the child
  • Attend IEP meetings to explain and represent the child's needs and help others to understand the parents' expectations of the child's school experience
  • Refer parents to outside professionals and agencies for independent evaluations and services when necessary
  • Hold strategy sessions
  • Ensure school personnel follow the legal process and that due process rights are upheld
  • Provide ongoing support and advocacy including attending annual IEPs, and follow-up support
  • College placement

Contact us for a FREE 30 Minute Phone Consultation.

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Our Process

The 30-Minute Consultation

Typically families are referred to us from schools, medical professionals, or other parents who have worked with us in the past. Our process typically begins with a phone call to our office to set up an initial phone consultation. During this free 30-minute phone consultation, we’ll gather information about your child and provide you with a chance to ask any questions you might have. If the chemistry is right and we mutually decide to move forward, we set up a second time to meet in our office for an intake meeting.

Before the Intake Meeting

An important part of the Intake Meeting is to be as organized as possible with the most up-to-date information about your child. To help you prepare for this meeting, please print out the Intake Meeting Checklist. It will give you a list of all the needed records and documentation we need for our confidential internal review. Please organize them in a binder to be left with our office.

Please include a contact list that includes name, address, phone number, email and FAX numbers for all individuals working with, treating, or knowledgeable about your child.

During the Intake Meeting

We will discuss your current situation, review the road you've travelled with your child, identify needs that you have, and explore realistic strategies to support your child’s next steps. This meeting will generally last one hour.

At this meeting, you will also be requested to:

  • Sign releases for the professionals and individuals involved with your child allowing us to contact them
  • Sign a Consulting Services Agreement which includes payment for the intake meeting and a retainer.

After the Intake Meeting

We will do a thorough evaluation of all the information you have left with us. In order to get a 360 degree view of your child, we talk to school staff, contact the people who you have identified in the contact list during the intake meeting, and observe your child at school.

Based on meetings and phone consultations, it is possible that we may recommend additional assessment or evaluation for your child. Finally, we collaborate and consult with you throughout the process. Based on our evaluation, we will discuss with you a range of options best suited to meet the needs of your child and formalize a specific plan that fits your child needs.

In our process we promise to:

  • Advocate on your behalf to actually effect change in your child's educational plan or placement.
  • Actively listen to the road you and your family have traveled together.
  • Keep confidential all information regarding your child and family.
  • Educate you on how to be your child’s advocate.
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We’re always looking for resources for parents to learn more about how to navigate their child’s learning differences. Here are some good ones and we plan to add others too.

Debbie Vielbaum
124 Highland Avenue,
Burlingame, CA 94010


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