Educational Advocacy Services


Once your child has a diagnosis of a disability or disorder, what’s next? This is the biggest question we hear from parents, and thankfully, we have a clear answer. CNLD Testing & Therapy provides educational advocacy services for parents, teens, children and young adults. Whether you have a school age child or you’re trying to navigate adulthood with a learning disability, our educational advocacy and intervention planning solutions can help you through the process.

  • Personalized Solutions from an Experienced Educational Advocate
  • Specific Guidance through Every Step of the Process
  • Proven Strategies to Help Your Child Navigate School Effectively
  • One Hour of Educational Advocacy Included with Psychological Testing and Neuropsychological Testing
  • Additional Advocacy Available as Needed, Along with Therapy and Intervention Planning

To learn more about how educational advocacy services work, feel free to contact us at (734) 994-9466.

What Is Educational Advocacy?

Advocacy is defined as “active verbal support for a cause or position.” It is a complicated process and your role as parent is crucial to making sure your child receives the best educational plan possible. After receiving a diagnosis through psychological testing or neuropsychological testing, there are actions you can take to help your child in school and at home. Our educational advocate will outline exactly what you can do to help your child in school, whether it be an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), special education courses, supplemental tutoring, or any other options that might facilitate your child’s success.

What if the school seems to be putting up barriers or doesn’t have the staff to make sure each child with needs has the assistance they need? How do you communicate your child’s needs during a meeting without getting more confused, frustrated or worse, angry to the point of creating walls between the family and school? Don’t worry – educational advocacy covers that as well. From attending school meetings to speaking with the school on your child’s behalf, our educational advocate in Michigan can assist you through every step of the process.

Contact CNLD Testing & Therapy at (734) 994-9466 to Schedule a Consultation for Psychological Testing and Educational Advocacy Services

Enter the services of an educational advocate, whose job it is to provide that active verbal support to assist with your child’s education. Dr. Joanne Smith-Darden is our clinic’s educational advocate who works with clients who have been tested by our doctors, so the continuity of our professional care is maintained; recommendations from our assessment are taken directly into the school environment in order to help the child’s needs.

Dr. Smith-Darden has a diverse background in education, speech and language pathology, social work and developmental psychology. She has participated in and directed hundreds of school meetings (e.g., Student Study Team meetings, IEPs, Section 504 Plan meetings) that have helped parents, students, teachers and administrators incorporate assessment results to strategize meaningful educational as well as therapeutic objectives. Her exceptional skills in advocacy have made profound differences to not only the child in the school setting, but also to the family as a whole.