Kizito & Associates works with parents of children attending public schools from preschool through high school.
Kizito & Associates currently attends in-person meetings in the counties of Wake, Durham, and Johnston in central North Carolina. Consultations and school meetings outside of the area can be attended remotely via conference call.
Kizito & Associates specializes in children with a diagnosis of or suspicion of a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). If your child has symptoms but no diagnosis, Kizito & Associates can work with you and the school to facilitate the evaluation process.
I specialize in children with a diagnosis of or suspicion of a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). If your child has symptoms but no diagnosis, I can work with you and the school to facilitate the evaluation process.
I attend eligibility meetings alongside parent(s) and work professionally with the parent(s) to help the school determine the appropriate evaluations necessary to help the child succeed.
I give the parent(s) the tools necessary to document communications with school officials, medical doctors, and therapists in order to keep accurate records throughout the child’s educational process.
I attend all meetings as requested by the parent(s) including but not limited to:
- Parent/teacher conferences
- Intervention team meetings
- Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) meetings grades K-8 (all tiers as requested)
- Intervention Counselor meetings – 9-12
I review all paperwork pertaining to your child including by not limited to:
- Report and Progress cards
- Standardized Testing Scores
- Medical and Educational psychological evaluation reports
- Comprehensive educational testing results
- Personal Education Plan (PEP) – typically implemented with the school’s Intervention Team when it has been determined that a student may not be promoted to the next grade OR may not graduate as previously believed.
- Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) – typically implemented for a child that has a qualifiable diagnosis based on criteria listed in the Individuals with Disabilities Act. I specialize in the diagnoses of ADD/ADHD and Autism but both sometimes come with other learning issues that must be addressed with the specialized instruction and IEP can provide.
- Section 504 (504): Section 504 of the Rehabilitative Services Act of 1973 is a civil rights LAW to protect students with disabilities from discrimination.
I will work with you to help you find the doctors, therapists, and other professionals in your area that work with your insurance to provide the services your child might need in addition to what the school will provide.
I will work with you in making the decision to choose the best school to meet the needs of your special needs child wherever possible by reviewing which schools have programs that are available based on your child’s needs and whether or not that school is able to accommodate you.
I can observe your child in the school setting (with your release and the school’s permission) to help better prepare you for requesting the services your child needs to learn effectively. I understand how hard it can be for your own child to behave regularly when he knows you’re watching. My ability to observe is a valuable service to you and the school.
I can help you to properly word your requests to the schools in the language that the school requires and that I’m familiar with.
Community Speaking Services:
I have been asked by schools to speak to individual classes on the topic of autism and bullying. Bullying of autistic kids is something that unfortunately happens and due to a lack of the full ability to communicate and understand the nature of what’s happening, many times it’s the autistic child that gets in trouble for reacting in a way that isn’t as subtle as the bullying. I connect with kids in classes to help them understand what autism is, how it presents and we spend a great deal of time talking about the type of person those kids really want to be. This is one of my most effective and most requested speaking engagements.
I have been a guest speaker at teacher workday meetings where I talk about the ADHD/ADD and Autistic kid that happens to be in their class. We discuss how these teachers did not choose to go into special education and yet they are now faced with educating children who function well enough to be in their class, yet still need different teaching methods and accommodations in order to thrive. I go over how teachers can respond to parents of these children, parents of children without special needs who happen to inquire about “the child my child comes home talking about”, and how teachers can be a light for the child that while able to do the work of the class, is sometimes isolated, confused, sad and sometimes angry.
I can work with your company to help develop a plan for hiring, training and working with adults with autism.