Consultation · Special Needs Advocacy · Placement
Deborah Bloom, M.A.
Since 1994, Deborah has worked throughout Northern California and the Bay Area as an Educational Consultant and Special Needs Advocate. She has been assisting families with school planning for students in public schools, private schools, and programs that address special needs.
Deborah is uniquely qualified as a consultant and advocate resulting from her many years of experience working with families who have a wide range of issues; she understands the impact that an inappropriate school placement has on the family and student. She successfully advocates for students whose needs aren’t being met by their current placement. When a student requires a non-public school or residential setting due to educational, social, and emotional difficulties she works directly with the school staff to secure district placement and funding.
Before becoming an educational consultant, she received a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology, and worked in several multi-disciplinary settings and schools in both the private and the public sectors, with a wide age range of students — from pre-school to young adults — with social-emotional, learning, and language delays.
She was a Program Specialist in the Santa Clara County Office of Education, responsible for one of the first teams of speech and language therapists implementing the newly passed Federal Legislation for Special Education. She consulted with teachers, parents, and administrators, in order to meet the unique needs of students. She also team-taught with an Occupational Therapist in a public-school Kindergarten program, providing direct, intensive intervention, with the goal of preventing at-risk five and six-year-olds from requiring special education intervention later in their school career.
Deborah has visited hundreds of private and public schools and classrooms while serving families from Santa Cruz to Sacramento. With extensive experience in child development, and school curriculum, including the issues surrounding the teaching methodologies for reading and math, Deborah understands the styles schools use to challenge their students, the social milieu on campus, and how that might affect student behavior. She continues to remain current in advancements in testing, language processing, special education law, and the issues surrounding the needs of exceptional students.
Deborah is a member of the Council of Parents, Advocates, and Attorneys. (COPAA). She is involved in several non-profit organizations aimed at improving California education funding or policy. Weaving together her training, interests, and observations, she draws upon this range of experience in ways that benefit her clients. She is committed to offering families guidance to help them determine which school setting and/or educational plan might work most effectively for their child. She encourages families to take a close look at both the academic and social environment of a potential placement. She makes every effort to provide information and insights that her clients find helpful as together they go through the process of educational planning for their children.
Cori is your first contact and quickly responds to a family’s concerns and arranges and calendars phone calls, meetings, and interactive video sessions with Deborah.
Cori is currently working towards becoming an Educational Consultant with Deborah’s guidance and mentorship. She will attend many of the meetings scheduled for your child, keeping track of the next steps, and quickly schedule follow-up calls. As well as managing the office functions, Cori will also assist Deborah with drafting and creating documents, communication, and letters regarding your student.
Cori has dyslexia and is the mother of a child with ADHD and dyslexia, so advocacy for special education needs has been a passion for many years. As a former executive in the healthcare industry, Cori has led teams for clinical departments within hospitals across the Bay Area and administrative teams for a major international health insurance company.
Cori received her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Southern California. However, after 20 years in healthcare, in 2022 she felt the need to make a major shift. Cori now feels a very strong pull to help families much like her own, who are and have struggled with obtaining appropriate educational resources for their children.
Thanks so much for your persistence, patience, and ingenuity in bringing the IEP process to a successful summit. No IEP process can be as hard as the trail we’ve been down. We particularly appreciate that you have always been available to us, providing emotional support as well as advice to navigate the special ed system. Of course, the most impressive coup of all was your role as catalyst in his school placement. For all your help, support and presence-thank you.
– Julie and Rick
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Servicing Northern California and the Bay Area including:
Assisting Families with:
- School Districts
- Settlement Agreements
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- IEP Help
- Autism Help
- Dyslexia Help
- Residential Placement
- Wilderness Program