Kids are complicated! You’ve read all the right books, you’ve asked all your friends, and there’s this lady on Instagram who seems to know what she’s doing… but wouldn’t it be nice to have someone who can help you figure out what’s right for your kiddo and your family?
Every parent and caregiver feels confused and frustrated sometimes, and every family can benefit from some thoughtful, responsive, understanding support. I can help you integrate expert advice, your child’s individual needs, and your own values to find the best course of action for your family.
Whether you’re struggling with particular issues like bedtime and dinnertime; or you want input on bigger things like discipline and school; or you’re seeing new behaviors in your child that you just don’t understand—we can work it out together.
→ More about my experience, skills, and perspectives: About Jarrod.
How can I help?
In a 30-minute phone conversation we’ll get to know each other, you’ll tell me about what’s going on, and we’ll jointly figure out what services will best meet your family’s needs.
Phone Consult Package Deal
A phone package can be the right approach for issues with particular situations like “Bedtime is a fight every night” or “I can’t get her to sit at the table for dinner”; or for well-defined questions like, “How do we know which preschool to choose?” or “What are good ways to get him interested in reading?” These topics can often be addressed in just a few short phone calls with a specific goal in mind. A phone package gets you three 45-minute phone consultations (typically a week apart) on a particular topic. If the issue is not significantly improved at the end of three calls, we can add a fourth call at a significantly reduced rate.
→ $50–300 sliding scale.
Hourly Phone Consults
If a package deal with a specific, goal-oriented outcome in mind isn’t the right fit, you may benefit from ongoing or limited consultations at an hourly rate. This can be the right service for families with issues like, “How do I approach discipline more effectively?” or “I think my child’s social development needs help,” or “How can we collaborate with his school to improve his behavior problems?” These questions are often effectively addressed in 45- or 60-minute phone consultations, typically either weekly or every other week, but we can flexibly plan together depending on the situation.
→ $20–150/hour sliding scale.
Sometimes there is no substitute for face-to-face interactions, especially when young children are involved. I am available to observe children in person, at home or in the classroom; to attend meetings with school personnel or others; or simply to talk with you in the flesh, in an environment where you feel most comfortable. This may be the right fit for families experiencing behaviors they don’t understand; families desiring in-the-moment coaching; or families wanting support with interactions with others (e.g. school meetings).
→ $30–250/hour sliding scale.
IEP and Disability Consults
Children with needs outside of what schools view as “typical”—challenging behaviors, diagnosed disabilities, and more—are often under-served in their classrooms, and getting their needs met (and their legal rights respected!) can be an enormous challenge for even the most dedicated family. I can support communication and collaboration between families, schools, and (if applicable) support service agencies at every stage, from any initial challenges and concerns; an evaluation process; the creation of an informal support plan or a formal IEP or IFSP; to ongoing communications in support of the child and the family. The structure of my support can take many forms depending on the situation; a longer initial free consultation will help us make a plan together.
→ $15–200/hour sliding scale.
I just did a package with Jarrod to help us deal with my child’s tantrums. My son would not get his way and he would go completely limp, lie on the floor and not move, cry the whole time. If we ignored him he would turn destructive to objects in the room. Turns out the best strategy is talking to him about what is making him sad in a calm voice—seems easy enough, but there are nuances to the approach and Jarrod helped us come up with the strategies. Now my son will cry briefly, expect my responsive inquiry, answer me, and move on. Huge improvement! —Suzy, parent and client
This small card cannot possibly contain all of the gratitude I feel for you! Your informed, calm, and salient points were such a reassuring counterpoint to my elevated emotion at last week’s IEP meeting. Thank you for being there to so powerfully represent the commitment and support CCS has shown Roman and our family. As his needs have evolved and continued to remain high, your resolve to not only accommodate him but cultivate best-case outcomes for him reveal you to be a stellar education advocate and amazing community builder! —Elissa Barbieri, preschool parent
You have given us the greatest gift—a loving, supportive, joyful, intentional, and child-centered experience based in kindness and justice. —Elana Baurer, parent
having jarrod as an advocate and guide has meant being held so solidly and tenderly through a complex process. he is kind, intentional, incredibly wise, and fierce in all the right ways. i am beyond grateful to have his support in the ongoing experience of learning how to best advocate for and support my neurodivergent kid. —Elaine Dutton, preschool parent
We have been so lucky to be in your presence and have Jonah under your direction and care. —Lisa Sydney, preschool parent
It has been my honor to drop my kids off in your class every day this year. You have been a constant, a role model, a teacher to our whole family, and a true professional. Thank you for your patience and your guidance. —Linsey, preschool parent
Soon after we began our life as immigrants in Philadelphia we learned that our son would benefit from receiving the services offered by Elwyn through an IEP. Not only were we new to the country, but now we were facing an overwhelming and stressful process through which we were trying to navigate with the primary concern of our son’s well-being and pursuing ways of boosting his learning process. Jarrod was a key player during that time. He was an exceptional liaison between our family and the IEP constituents. Jarrod would always advocate for our son and our understanding of the process. I will never forget how, at one of the meetings, when there was a new Elwyn coordinator for our case, he took the time to make sure that everyone was correctly pronouncing our son’s name before moving on with the meeting’s agenda. Thank you for being the steady voice that guided us through hard times and the singing voice that brought us together in happy ones. —Ana and Juan, preschool parents
Leo was an energetic but easy-going two-and-a-half year old whose parents were caught off-guard when he started throwing tantrums. In phone consultations, his mother Stacey and I figured out what was contributing to his tantrums, designed strategies to help reduce the frequency of the tantrums, and discussed ways to recover quickly once tantrums began. Within a few weeks, Stacey reported that Leo’s tantrums has dramatically improved.
Five-year-old Rex‘s parents were having a hard time getting him to slow down and listen—ever! I worked directly with Rex and helped his parents discover the connection between Rex’s high energy and his difficulties communicating verbally. We found ways that his parents could interact non-verbally with him through play, which gave Rex the motivation to slow down for those interactions.
Zoe was a four-year-old with boundless curiosity, language and social delays, and a variety of challenging behaviors at home. In weekly meetings, her mother Ana and I discussed Zoe’s development and worked on strategies for building self-regulation skills and enforcing positive discipline. Over several months Ana felt more competent and in-control, and Zoe’s behavior improved.
I consulted with three-year-old Rafael‘s family when they found out Rafael’s grandmother was likely to pass away soon. His father James and I discussed what Rafael, developmentally, would be able to understand and cope with. Together we created a plan that helped Rafael’s family successfully talk with him about his grandmother’s death and his mother’s grief.
* Names and identifying details changed.