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About

James Paicopolos is a licensed school psychologist and special educator with over 20 years experience. His professional experience has included work in public and private schools, as well as having taught overseas. His work has focused on children with learning disabilities, developmental disorders, emotional and behavioral difficulties, dyslexia, non-verbal learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, anxiety and school phobia and autism spectrum disorders. He believes that even the best approach is to taget specific areas of weakness and using evidence based approaches such as neuroplasticity achieve the best results. He works with parents and schools to put in place the best programs and specialized instruction so children can make effective progress.

Dr. Susan M. Brefach is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified school psychologist who has worked with children and families for over 30 years. Her professional experience has included work in children's hospitals, mental health clinics, public schools, and (for the past 20 years) private practice. Her work has focused on children with learning disabilities, developmental disorders, emotional and behavioral difficulties, dyslexia, non-verbal learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, anxiety and school phobia, medical issues and autism spectrum disorders. Because she believes that even the best evaluation is of limited value without effective follow-up, she works with parents and schools to put in place the best programs and specialized instruction so children can make effective progress. She is dedicated to being an advocate for each child she sees, and providing an independent, objective, and comprehensive picture of that child's learning style and educational needs.

Dr. Lauri Cestnick been dedicated to understanding, treating and teaching about brain-related phenomenon. The greatest research contributions I made have been in the fields of dyslexia, reading and attention where I helped evolve the cognitive models that exist today. My research (Harvard/MIT) has been recognized and rewarded over the years and although important, working directly with people to enhance their lives is far more important and enjoyable (particularly children). There is nothing more gratifying than helping people feel and reach their greatness. Dr. Cestnick has evaluated some of the toughest autistic (neither speaking nor manipulating hands) and brain injury (stroke, head trauma) cases, and to her no one is disabled -- everyone is able. Everyone is beautiful, brilliant, and has a voice to be heard and a heart that can be filled. Everyone has an ability to thrive and optimize their potential and it is my job to help get them there. I en​joy doing this via speaking to groups, clinical work and teaching.

Dr. Eun-Yeop Lee received her BA from SUNY Binghamton and doctoral degree in School Psychology with specializations in Pediatrics and Neuroscience from the University of South Florida. She completed predoctoral school psychology and neuropsychology related internships in Polk County School District (Lakeland, FL) and at The Watson Institute (Sewickly, PA), where she conducted school/in home evaluations, neuropsychological and neurodevelopmental assessments of children and adolescents presenting with a wide range of behavioral, developmental and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Lee completed post-doctoral fellowships in Pediatric Neuropsychology at McLean Hospital (Pathways Academy) and Boston area private practices. In these roles, she conducted school, neuropsychological and psychological assessments for children and adolescents (0-18 years) with specializations in Early Childhood, behavioral disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Lee currently works at a residential school, specializing in research and clinical application of Applied Behavior Analysis techniques and she is also employed at Franciscan Children's Hospital (per diem neuropsychological evaluations). She has worked with many South Shore school districts completing IEEs, attending IEP meetings and conducting school observations through contracted evaluations. Dr. Lee's specialties include Early Childhood, learning disabilities, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Lee is also currently completing coursework for eligibility to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam toward BCBA certification (anticipated in late 2019).

Deb Del Dotto has been an educator for over 30 years with experience in direct service, administration, and consultation in regular and special education environments. She has devoted her career to her students and their needs as her priority with the goal of helping all students to reach their potential. She has worked in both urban and suburban settings including elementary, middle, secondary and college levels. Her administrative background includes work as an assistant principal, principal, director of an alternative high school, and assistant director of special education. She has worked with children ages 3-22 across all disability categories. Ms. Del Dotto holds an undergraduate degree in Education from Temple University, M.A.T. in Teaching from the University of Massachusetts, M.B.A. in Business from Clark University, and an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Endicott College. She is certified as a teacher, school principal, K-8, 5-8, 9-12, director of special education, and superintendent. Ms. Del Dotto has extensive knowledge of curriculum, assessment, IEP development and accommodations for students with Language and Learning Disabilities, Moderate to Severe Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit Disorders.

Debra Lemos Has been an educational advocate for over 20 years. She brings her dedication and enthusiam to her role as a Special Education Advocate. As a parent of a special needs child she is familiar with special education law not only as an advocate, but as a parent. He work as a liaison between the families and schools and collaboratively work together and devise the best plan possible for the child. Special Education laws can be overwhelming and hard to understand. She has attended IEP meetings where the families did not understand something or know their rights and this is what I want to do and has stepped in to that person who helps them understand what their child’s rights are and ensure their child is receiving the best education possible with a keen understanding of special education and the laws.