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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is The Process of Becoming a Client?

The first step is to reach out via email to connect with Sandra and schedule a time to chat. This first conversation is a complimentary call which is confirmed after sending a completed Parent Intake form.

After a preliminary consultation on the phone with Sandra to trade notes about your child's current academic obstacles, parents coordinate a calendar date for their son or daughter to visit the Clifton Corner (-or on Zoom-) for a "low-key meet and greet." This meeting is scheduled at least 48-hrs in advance of the actual appointment and is around 15-20 minutes. Prospective clients are asked to send in a completed Student Inventory as their "passport" for this second meeting, which is also completely complimentary.


Both of these first two  visits together are entirely free of charge. Rates are not discussed during this process until a mutual match is agreed upon for going forward. 


After the "low-key meet and greet," both your kiddo and Sandra need to feel as if this match would be a good fit. If there is a "mutual green light," then Sandra will schedule an Initial Family Consultation to discuss deeper details of this child's case separately with parents. Sandra requires this paid session with parents to assess if her unique approach to educational therapy and academic coaching services are a good fit to meet your child's individual needs, serve specific scholastic objectives, and achieve desired goals. At this point, a Welcome Packet is shared with parents that outlines the cost of a coaching chapter, which is usually at least once a week for three months, or twelve sessions. During this time, Sandra provides a prospective family the space to express concerns about the current educational journey and to ask clarifying questions about learning opportunities at the Corner.



Who attends the Initial Corner Consultation
and why is it important?
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Consultations are a vital part of the Clifton Corner process. This meeting allows Sandra to obtain important information in order to begin creating a tailored, specific, and individualized learning plan. The Initial Corner Consultation is an opportunity to brainstorm and troubleshoot about concerns and challenges in order to establish an ongoing, supportive relationship together. Student success is best achieved through a team effort, and this Initial Family Consultation helps Sandra to facilitate and coordinate efforts between home, school, and other allied professionals for better academic results and improved social-emotional health.

Specific strategies are *not devised* during this initial consultation, as creating the best supports for your child is an intricate and involved process.  Confidential evaluations and other professional reports about your child are only read after important intake materials have been gathered and a signed Parent Consent is in place.  Even a simple forecast of what will happen in sessions is not part of the Initial Family Consultation, as each client is unique and careful preparation is needed to address these and other complex questions.

What happens after the Initial Family Consultation?

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            Read additional information about the Corner.

Following the Initial Consultation, if both the family and Sandra agree that the Corner is a "good fit," weekly sessions and a monthly schedule are created to support your student’s needs at this time; then the Client Agreement, Parent Consent, and required paperwork are completed and signed. If appropriate, parents also share important contact information about other professionals on the learning team, so that Sandra can begin collaborating with them as well.  These steps must be finalized to officially open a file for your son or daughter to begin sessions at the Corner.  Report reading is only offered once paid services begin with a family.


Please Note:  Because both the first phone call and student meeting are completely complimentary, Sandra asks that families communicate in a timely manner about any scheduling shifts and their final decision about moving forward for support at the Corner.  In addition, your family's completed intake forms are the "passport" for our time together during these steps of the process to becoming a client at the Corner.


"You don't have to see the whole staircase,

just take the first step."  -MLK, Jr

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