School Consultation Services
At Knippenberg, Patterson, Bordelon & Associates, we truly value coordinated care with other professionals and, most importantly, school professionals. Several of our staff members are former school teachers (Lisa Patterson taught elementary school for 26 years) or work in school environments as consultants. This commitment to coordinated care is especially important for our clients with neurobehavioral disorders where learning differences, poor frustration tolerance and attention difficulties present unique challenges in the school environment. Teachers provide valuable insight into the nature of a child's difficulties and are a key part of behavioral interventions. They also play a huge role in helping us monitor therapeutic progress and medication effectiveness in cases where we coordinate care with a medical doctor.
As part of our coordination of services, we routinely call school professionals for all our individual and group clients. Our psychoeducational testing services include conversations with teachers in the data gathering phase. In addition, our testing services include a one hour consultation at the school with one of our therapists experienced in the school setting. These school based consultations are available to all our clients and are invaluable in getting everyone on the same page, as well as for designing and implementing strategies which work within the classroom. Consultations are also available for 504 and IEP planning for students in public school, as well as for independent school choice for elementary and secondary schools.
For home-schooled families, our CONNECT group programs offer invaluable opportunities for social interaction and growth. Our testing services and understanding of the social and emotional side of learning issues can help you get the most out of your home school program.
In addition to assisting our individual and group clients with school issues, several of the staff members at Knippenberg, Patterson & Associates provide consulting services in and for various public and independent schools. These services can include groups with students, teacher training, individual counseling and whole class instruction on a variety of mental health topics. Over the past twenty years of school consultation, Craig Knippenberg has also developed a brain-based curriculum for grades K through 8. As the consultant for St. Anne's Episcopal School for the past 14 years, Craig also heads up the Association of Colorado Independent Schools counselors group. Our CONNECT group training program is designed to train school professionals on how to conduct social/emotional and self esteem groups in the school environment (www.connect-groups.com). While typically paid for by the school, these consulting services have also been funded by parent organizations within a school. Contact Craig Knippenberg or Lisa Patterson directly for more information about these services.