(651) 210-0335

Students' Rights to School Services


Child writingAdvocating for Children with Special Needs

Deena McMahon, LICSW, MSW, understands the issues families face when trying to secure services through the school system for children with special physical or mental health needs. She is an expert in child development  and child welfare who is available to help families obtain the special education services their children need and are entitled to receive under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Ms. McMahon can provide a mental health diagnosis for your child. She will review reports from medical providers and school records. Next, she will make recommendations about the services and/or accommodations that are appropriate for your child. Ms. McMahon will advocate for your child in meetings with school staff members about Individual Education Plans (IEPs) or 504 Plans.

She works with a wide range of families and children, including:

•  Early childhood (pre-kindergarten)
•  Students from kindergarten through college
•  Students with learning disabilities, behavioral disabilities, emotional disabilities, physical conditions  or physical disabilities
•  Students in foster care or temporary housing
•  Children of adoptive parents
•  Students facing disciplinary issues

Dealing with the school system can seem like an uphill battle for families of children with disabilities. It is important to have an advocate on your side who understands your child’s strengths, needs and rights. To learn more or schedule a consultation, please contact Deena McMahon, LICSW, MSW, by email or call (651) 210-0335.