Yulika Forman, PhD, LMHC
Hello, and welcome to my page. I hope that you will find it helpful and will come back many times to read new posts and find informative webinars. A little bit about myself -- I have worked with families of children with disabilities for the past twenty years, as a psychotherapist, researcher and most recently as a special education consultant and advocate. I have deep expertise with children on the autism spectrum and am passionate about finding solutions that work for even the most extraordinary and complex profiles. I also have worked extensively with children with communication disorders, sensory integration and processing disorder, ADHD, specific learning disabilities, dyslexia and other language-based disorders, behavioral disorders, gender dysphoria disorder, depression, anxiety and other disabilities and mental health conditions. My multi-disciplinary background combines clinical expertise with thorough training in special education law and an in-depth understanding of how special education teams and school districts operate.
Most importantly, I do not see a disability, I see a developing child who is a whole person. I am fiercely committed to each child receiving the services and supports he or she requires, in the setting that is best for progress. I am equally committed to each family’s voice being clearly heard and respected by special education teams.
It is my firm belief that IEPs need to make sense clinically, developmentally and legally. An IEP can meet all legal requirements, yet not serve the child well. When I review your child's IEP, my recommendations go well beyond what is obvious. As a part of your child's team, I make sure that school will serve your child best both today and in preparation for the future years in school and beyond.
I received a PhD in Child Development in 2005 from Tufts University, Master’s degree in Mental Health and Rehabilitation counseling in 1999 and BA in Psychology in 1997 from the University of South Florida. I have also completed the Federation for Children with Special Needs Parent Advocate Training (Boston, MA), Fundamentals of Special Education course, Suffolk University School of Law (Boston, MA), Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Bootcamp, as well as multiple other special education law and clinical trainings. I am a former board member of Special Needs Advocacy Network who has worked in over 30 school districts, attended hundreds of IEP meetings and reviewed countless IEP proposals, public school evaluations, as well as neuropsychological and other private evaluations.
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