I spent last week in Atlanta at a very interesting conference sponsored by the IECA, the Independent Educational Consultants Association ( www.iecaonline.com ). Ed consultants are professionals who assist families in finding the right fit for their child’s educational needs. Whether it is a short-term or long-term issue facing the family, these remarkable people scour the country looking for the best programs working with youth today.
Latham School, a member of the ISPA ( www.ispaaac.com ), the Independent Small Program Alliance, was exhibiting there and I met many other programs who represent the therapeutic, boarding, wilderness and specialized school options around the country. I learned quite a lot about programs I was unfamiliar with. I learned that Utah has more wilderness programs than I believed existed in the entire United States. I learned that internet addiction/gambling is a serious problem for teens and that there is a program in Seattle designed solely for the treatment of that. I learned that Atlanta has the Ron Clark Academy and that I want the opportunity to go there! I learned so much about the options available to children around the country and the role Latham plays in offering outstanding opportunities to students struggling in traditional settings. I learned that Prader Willi Syndrome is still “unknown” to many and that we need to keep educating the professionals about it.
At the end of the week, I knew something that I brought with me to Atlanta still rang true: Latham School is a program of excellence and I was proud to represent it!