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Laurel S. Collins is a Boston-based educational advocate, consultant, & trainer who works mainly with children (and their families) 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, and those she has followed from young ages. She is a talented and highly successful representative for families in-districts, at BSEA mediations, at BSEA hearing if absolutely necessary, and DDS and Masshealth Appeals. She 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 (speech and language pathologist). She conducts trainings and clinics for parents and SEPACs, 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.