Special Needs Advocates in San Diego, California

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We are a multi-disciplinary team here to help you - School and clinical psychologists, MFT, teachers, speech pathologists, and counselors. Rely on the special needs advocates at Advocacy Associates Inc in San Diego, California, for compassionate consulting and advocacy services. Get your child started on a path to success with SCHOOL CONSULTATION, ADVOCACY AND PLACEMENT services designed to give children the advantage they must have and deserve.

Our staff includes Elementary and High School Teachers; a Speech Therapist; a Clinical Psychologist; Marriage, Family Therapists; Educational Psychologists; School Administrators; and a Bilingual Educational Specialist. Some of our staff members are parents of special needs students themselves. We collaborate to help you. This occurs regularly, not only among ourselves but with outside experts such as neuropsychologists and attorneys, when necessary.

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Trust the largest, oldest, and best-known advocacy practice in San Diego, California. We know where to go to get things done. Parents can get the help and support services they need, including:

  • Personalized Review & Explanation of Educational Records
  • Classroom Observations & Consultations with School Staff
  • Development, Monitoring, & Review of IEP's and 504 plans
  • Attendance at School & Regional Center Meetings
  • Special Needs Assessment
  • Development of Educational Strategies to Improve Learning Plans
  • Evaluation of a Child's Current Academic Program & Related Services
  • Consultation & Coordination of Services with Agencies, including CCS, Regional Center, & Private Providers
  • Identification of the current school or treatment program for your child if the current program is not working


Choose the advocacy group that is better and more successful than the others. We have more than 50 years of experience and a passion for seeing that children get what they need. Special needs services include:

  • School Placement (Day & Residential Programs)
  • Attendance at IEP Meetings
  • Special Education Advocacy
  • IEP, 504, ADA Compliance
  • Parent Coaching

  • Educational Consultation for Gifted Students
  • Psychological/ Counseling Therapy
  • Vocational & Transition 
  • Planning for Young Adults or Disabled Adults


Rely on our specialized and highly-trained special needs advocates to help you. Don't wait to get your child started on the road to success. Remember, Early Intervention Pays!

When your child’s life isn’t working at school and home, Advocacy Associates, Inc. specializes in the identification and placement of students in appropriate therapeutic programs. 
This is done through the intake process of:

  1.  Parent interview;
  2.  Completion of the Child Background Form by the parent and the Behavioral Profile by school   staff;
  3.  A screening in our office by a multidisciplinary team which can be made available to give       input to you on school, hospital  and/or other information provided;
  4.  Gathering data from professionals who know the child in the community.

We then consult with you and recommend placement options.

BUT we don’t stop there! We work with you on funding of those options through a variety of sources.

As a member of NATSAP (National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs) and IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association) we have full access to documentation on residential, therapeutic, wilderness, and boarding school options for students nationally. Our staff has visited, placed, and case managed students both nationally and internationally in appropriate programs. The students who have been handled in School Find – Placement Division of Advocacy Associates, Inc., have had challenges including: computer addiction, sexual acting out, substance abuse, underachievement, mood disorders, gay/lesbian issues, bullying or other peer-relationship problems, parent/child problems, attempts at self-harm, eating disorders, severe social withdrawal, anxiety disorders, and identified neurological issues which needed fuller evaluation in order to be treated successfully. Most have returned from treatment with skills to cope with their disorders.

If you wish, we can help with the transport of your child through nonconfrontive and professional means with organizations that are bonded and have much experience working with troubled youth.

Let us guide you through the confusing network of evaluating what option your child needs next and making a useful and meaningful decision on the next steps for treatment.

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