Meet the Advocate
Kim Carvette, M.Ed.
Experience in Elementary Education:
Masters in Elementary Education: Lesley University 2005
Student teaching: Watertown Public Schools 2004
Teacher: ASC English Brighton and Quincy 2006-2009
Training and Experience in Special Needs and Advocacy:
Cohasset SEPAC Board Member 2012-2014
Federation for Children with Special Needs Advocacy Training 2013
WrightslawSpecial Education and Advocacy Training 2013
Member Special Needs Advocacy Network 2015-present
I have advocated and supported families for IEP meetings in the following South Shore districts:
Braintree, Cohasset, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Bridgewater, Hanson, Hanover, Hingham, Hull, Marion, Marshfield, Milton, Pembroke, Rockland, Scituate, Swansea, Quincy, Whitman and Weymouth.
I can help within an hour's drive of the coastal south shore or I can help via phone, email, or Skype for IEP preparation and goal setting, questions and issues that arise throughout the school year.
I have a passion for helping families and their children navigate and cooperate through complex world of Special Education Laws while respectfully urging school districts to ensure children secure their rights to a individualized education plan (IEP) and that the child make effective progress yearly.
My promise is to help your family work in collaboration with your district. I begin with a FREE 30 minute consultation to see if we are a good match for each other to help your child succeed and set a plan in motion to continue success.
Under IDEA, the federal guidelines that govern special education, students who qualify are entitled to receive educational benefit, meeting a child's unique needs to addresses both academic and functional needs at no cost.
Six principles include:
Parent and student participation
Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
Least Restricted Environment (LRE)
Procedural Safeguards (Due Process)
WHY am I an Educational Advocate?
My daughter, now 9, has high functioning autism. However, that was not always so. I knew she had autism at 6 months old. Clara was not making eye contact and missing milestones unlike her typical twin brother. By 13 months old, NEMC in Boston confirmed the diagnosis of autism and we began as many services as possible early on. My 15 month old received 20 hours a week of play therapy, Speech, OT, ABA and training.
I stopped working and devoted full time to helping my daughter. I experienced resistance from our first school district when my daughter turned three. An educational advocate helped start us with a supportive IEP. Within weeks the school began to try to get me to 'amend' my IEP and drop services. I didn't understand the terms and started to quickly to educate myself. Eventually I got a formalized education through the Federation for Children with Special Needs and Wrightslaw Trainings. I'd love to empower other families for it's a long road to go alone.