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Pam Boronski, Ebby Holliday realtor and special needs mom, Sound Advice column, illustration by Mary Dunn

Sound Advice: How to Pick a School for Your Child with Special Needs

Pam Boronski is a mom of two and a realtor at Ebby Halliday.

Last spring, my son Chad, then a sophomore, was resigned to the fact that he wouldn’t go to college. So we made the switch to a one-to-one (one student, one teacher) school, where Chad is not only thriving—he’s graduating early.

I often talk with other moms who feel traditional schools aren’t meeting their child’s needs for one reason or another. But taking the steps to place your child in another environment can be difficult. To those moms, I offer the following tips to help you feel confident about finding the best school for your child:

  • Trust your instincts. You know your child better than anyone else does, and when your child is in the right environment, you’ll know it.
  • De-stress. The process can be stressful, but try to stay positive and take care of yourself and your child to avoid letting stress lead to a hurried decision.
  • Look for love. The classroom is a place where your child must feel loved and embraced in order to learn.
  • Ask around. Rely on your village. Often, finding the right school requires more than a quick internet search. Ask those you know for their recommendations.
  • Don’t settle. The right option for your child is out there—you just have to find it.

This article was originally published in July 2018.