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Laurel Collins is a Boston-based educational advocate, consultant, & trainer who works with children with autism, Down syndrome, emotional disabilities & developmental delays. Her major focus, training, and education are children Early Intervention - Elementary School, however she supports older students on a case by case basis. She is a talented and highly successful representative for families in district, at mediations, at hearing if absolutely necessary, Masshealth Appeals, and always endeavors to work with the district to get her client, the child, to "yes". She is the parent of 4 children, 3 who have been on IEPs and another who is pursuing special education as a career as a speech and language pathologist. She conducts trainings and clinics for parents, as well has worked as consultant for the Federation for Children with Special Needs, co-authoring "Continuing the Journey", a resource provided to ALL families embarking on the Turning 3 process. She also has been asked to train and present to professionals, first through the Early Intervention Training Center and now to local school districts during professional development days/times on "How to Work Collaboratively with Families and their Home Teams.