How Elm Street Placements Can Help
Are you worried that your child’s educational needs aren’t being met? Does your child need a special learning environment? Do you need help finding the right school? Is your child’s behavior out of control?
At Elm Street Placements we are experts at evaluating the needs of children, teens, and young adults and at matching them with the right program. We travel the country evaluating boarding schools, therapeutic wilderness programs, residential treatment centers and hospitals so you can be assured you are being referred to just the right fit.
I know the challenges of raising a special needs child and I also know just how life-changing the right program can be. My goal is to help families find the appropriate educational and therapeutic programs for their children, teens, and young adults.
I will guide your family through the options and will again help you make the right decisions. While your child is in the longer-term placement, I am available to you for support and will continue to monitor your child’s progress.
Your child deserves the chance to be a success story and together we will make that happen.
Lucy Pritzker, Owner and Director of Elm Street Placements, Educational and Therapeutic Consultant: Lucy has a bachelor’s degree in education and a masters degree in addiction counseling. Lucy has worked in the education and mental health fields for over twenty-five years as a mental health counselor, a NYC high school substance abuse counselor, a crisis worker, and a teacher for learning disabled students and students on the autism spectrum. She has served on the Board of Directors of mental health agencies, and currently on the Board of Directors for the Hampshire Country School.
She is also a Certified Parent Coach, a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultant Association (IECA) and National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), the International Dyslexia Association (IAD) and Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).
Kathy Nauta, Educational and Therapeutic Consultant: Kathy earned her B.S. in Accounting at Villanova University and received her C.P.A. while working in the financial sector in New York City. Eventually, Kathy left her accounting career to stay home with her 3 children and it was her personal family experiences that led to her involvement with the Sussex County Mental Health Board, the NAMI-Sussex County Board and the Sussex County Council for Young Children.
She worked for two years as a Family Partner for Family Partners of Morris and Sussex County, providing support, education and advocacy to families with children who have special mental, emotional, and behavioral health challenges or developmental disabilities. Kathy took a year-long course, Special Education Advocate Training, through the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and was an intern at Barger & Gaines, a special education law firm. Kathy is a graduate of the Independent Educational Consultant’s Association (IECA) Summer Training Institute.
Raegan Freeman, Office Manager: Raegan is the first point of contact when you call Elm Street Placements. She will provide you with information on our fees and services and do a brief intake to share with Lucy and Kathy. Raegan will arrange your initial call with your consultant and book your office appointments.
My wife and I had been on a search for the right learning disability based boarding school environment for our son for over 2 years. We had initially decided against using a consultant to help us find the right fit, but we ended up with several rejections and many disappointments for our family. Finally, we decided to engage a consultant and we were very fortunate to find Lucy through a referral. She exceeded our expectations from the beginning until the acceptance of our son into the right school for him. Her responsiveness was tremendous, she spent a lot of time doing her due diligence on our son and his educational needs and finding the right group of schools where not only would he be a good fit, but where he would be accepted. He has been at his school for 1 school year and it has been truly remarkable to see his progress both academically and socially. My wife and I cannot thank Lucy enough.Dad of a High School Student in New Jersey
Having an academically highly functioning child requires a highly functioning educational consultant and Lucy Pritzker is just that! After interviewing several educational consultants from coast to coast, we chose Lucy Pritzker because of her knowledge and sincere compassion for education. Her genuine interest in our sons educational endeavor surpassed other consultants that we interviewed. Lucy made it very clear that the number one priority was to get to know our son on a personal and educational level in order to solidify possible schools that would meet his personal needs. Living in the south, boarding schools are not on our radar. Hiring Lucy was the best thing that could have ever happened to our family. From guiding us to the area of the country best suited for our son’s education to selecting the schools that best suited for his needs, as well as walking us thought the application and acceptance process was absolutely priceless. There is not a better place to invest your money than in your children’s education and the investment in Lucy Pritzker is truly priceless.Mom & Dad of a High School Freshman in Texas
Lucy has literally saved my family! After struggling for years to find the appropriate treatment for my daughter and making the difficult decision to pull her out of college, we contacted Lucy out of desperation as we didn’t know where to turn next. Lucy took the time (hours!) to listen to our daughter’s history, issues, diagnoses, and needs. She discussed in clear, precise terms what was ahead of us if we decided to move forward with residential treatment–timing, costs, and therapeutic expectations. She researched 3 wilderness programs that she thought would be appropriate, contacted the admissions directors, and put us in touch with them so we could determine which program we felt most comfortable with and would be best for a daughter. She held our hands during our daughter’s transition to the field and stayed in regular contact during her treatment. She repeated the process as our daughter completed her wilderness program and moved into a transitional program. Our daughter is currently in her 4th month at her transition program and is a different person. Her progress has been beyond our hopes and expectations. We are so grateful that Lucy has guided us through this difficult journey and for the role she played in giving us our daughter back.Parents of a College Student in New Jersey
The Elm Street Placement Process
Prior to our meeting, I will read school reports, IEPs, neuropsychological evals, and other documentation that will help me understand your child.
The initial consultation is a face to face, skype or phone session with parents, lasting approximately an hour and a half. This is the time to tell your story. I would like you to paint a picture of your child and family from early on until now.
With the information gathered, the conversation turns to what type of program is appropriate and what the different types of programs are like.
Once the decision to move forward with the placement is made, a meeting with the student is scheduled. This meeting can be a school observation, a meeting in the ESP office, a bite to eat, etc. And sometimes meeting with the student isn’t a good idea. We’re flexible.
Many of our families have been working with a number of professionals by the time they come to our office- therapists, psychiatrists, tutors, teachers, mentors, coaches. I will speak with your team to gather more information.
After careful consideration, the appropriate schools/programs will be contacted and I will have an in-depth conversation with the directors. I will then give you a final, individualized list of schools and programs to choose from and help you every step of the way as you make your decision. I will help you ask the right questions, speak with the right people and help you make decisions.
What Happens Next?
Often the first placement is intended to be short term. In short term placements, wilderness programs or an assessment program, the consultant has weekly calls with your child’s therapist to understand your child’s strengths and challenges in the program and what is working and what isn’t. The information is used to guide the process of choosing the second, longer-term placement.
Our consultants guide your family through the options and will again help you make the right decisions. While your child is in the longer-term placement, your consultant is available to you for support and is continuing to monitor your child’s progress.