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Getting an Evaluation for Your Child
Episode 12217th January 2023 • Special Education Advocacy with Ashley Barlow • Ashley Barlow
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The first episode I recorded with school-psych-turned-advocate, April Rehrig, has been on my Top Ten list since it launched. It makes sense then that I had her back as my first-ever repeat guest! April delivers again in this episode! Join us as we talk about how to get an evaluation for your child. No, we are not just talking about eligibility and that initial request for an evaluation. We are talking about specific language to use, information to provide, the value of the evaluation itself, and subsequent evaluations! April tells it to you straight; her insight is such an asset!


Meet April:

April discovered her passion as a teen, volunteering in a special education school. Raised in a family of educators, it felt natural to help others. Each role in her career led to April’s expertise in disability advocacy.

First and foremost, April is a teacher. Prior to leading her own class, she was a substitute, private tutor, instructional assistant, camp counselor, and before/after school program teacher.

School psychology was a clear next step. Over the next 20 years, April’s experience and first-hand knowledge led to her transformation into how to Build a Better IEP™️. She went back to school and became a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP), Board Certified Educational Advocate (BCEA™), Master IEP Coach®️, and Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist (CASDCS).

April founded Rise Educational Advocacy and Consulting for everyone at the IEP table. Her virtual coursework and toolkits are a must-have for busy parents, teachers, and clinicians on the go. Rise transforms traditional advocacy into a dynamic team-based approach through a strength-based lens that presumes competence.

A native Angelino, Los Angeles has always April’s been home. She and her husband have a blended family, with seven children between them. When she isn’t passionately advocating, you’ll find April binge-watching Netflix or walking her sociable pug.

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See April Live at The Special Education and Advocacy Conference on January 28, 2023: