I was a special-education mediator for over 16 years and often worked on cases in which Elissa Henkin represented the parents at mediation. Elissa Henkin is the consummate educational professional. She is always prepared and organized and she advocates passionately on behalf of the children she represents. Her years of experience have allowed her to develop positive working relationships with school district representatives who respect Elissa’s solid knowledge of special-education issues. When Elissa submits a written request for due process on behalf of a child it is so well prepared and so thorough that school district representatives compliment her that her preparation helps them clearly understand the case. That thoroughness also motivates school district representatives to understand the vulnerabilities of their case and provides Elissa with maximum leverage to obtain services for her clients. In my opinion, parents special-needs students will find no advocate more effective in getting what a child needs than Elissa Henkin.
~ Nancy Milburn M.A., Special Education Mediator
I have been an educational therapist for 25 years and I routinely recommend Elissa to my clients having difficulty getting school based services. She quickly grasps the issues and is able to translate the students’ needs into cogent arguments as to why IEP teams must provide necessary services. Her demeanor with IEP teams is very professional and respectful and she is perceived as credible by decision making members of IEP teams.
~ Alison O’Fallon M.Ed.
Elissa has been my child’s Advocate since he was 3 years old (he is now 8). NEVER have I had a bad experience with her. She has been with us at every turn, navigating a very complicated and often uncooperative Special Needs system within the School District. I find her committed, knowledgeable, and highly reliable. I will not walk into an IEP without her. She knows the Law like no other when it comes to advocating for a child. As far as Advocacy goes, you get what you pay for. Getting my son the Services that he sorely needed early on was priceless, especially since we wasted precious months being given the runaround by the District, and less than acceptable performance by the “free advocates” through Regional Center. With Elissa by my side, we are taken seriously, and for that I am forever grateful.
~ J.G., Pasadena
Elissa has worked with our family since my son was in 5th grade and we hired her to advocate on his behalf since at the time my wife and I were wholly unfamiliar with special education and the IEP process. My son is now in his second year of college and I can say unequivocally that he would never have made it to college without Elissa’s assistance. She was strong in her approach with the school district and thorough in her knowledge of both the fact of our case as well as our rights as parents of a special needs child. She was (and is) always available to take my calls, no matter where she was. And her fees are incredibly reasonable for all the work she did. I would have spent much, much more for the welfare of my child and for all she did. Both my wife and I recommend Elissa often to all parents who need to have an advocate for their special needs child … which is all parents who ever have to attend an IEP.
~ E.M. Agoura Hills
Having a child with special needs can be a living nightmare unless you have angels like Elissa Henkin to deliver you from the morass of bureaucratic stumbling blocks and educational trials that come with navigating the therapeutic school system. We owe both our son’s success and our parental peace of mind to Elissa Henkin who, with great grace and skill, has fought for us and managed our boy’s case for the past ten years. She is highly knowledgeable and works diligently for her clients with a sincere heart and admirable professionalism. We recommend this advocate’s top-notch assistance to parents struggling to obtain the school setting and services their special child needs.
~ M.B., Pacific Palisades
I give the highest recommendation to Elissa Henkin I could possibly give. She has been by our side since our special needs son was 3. We thought we could handle the IEP process on our own, but sadly we were wrong. Elissa consulted with us, came to our second IEP and turned things around for us. The school district wanted to send our son to a special needs school when he is clearly capable of general Ed. She fought for him and we got everything we wanted and more. She has since attended every IEP we have had, and each IEP meeting is smooth and easy. She is very reasonably priced, she is knowledgeable. and she has good relationships with the schools. I am grateful to have her has a resource and have recommended her to countless friends who have been equally as happy.
~ E.A., Pacific Palisades
I have had a business relationship with Ms. Elissa Henkin since 1995. My son has been a very hard case to manage, and ever since the first contact and intake meeting, Ms. Henkin has been nothing but proficient and she has delivered her services and advice in a caring and appropriate manner. Her fees have been explained ahead of time, and our family never felt that they were gauged or abused. We paid for her knowledge and assistance. She supports our son’s education up to today. As I mentioned his case has been a challenging at times. She facilitated our case in three mediations, and there was the year we had four IEPS. She is on the client’s side, and uses the IDEA law to support the needs of children with disabilities. We did not need to go to court; she had the expertise and comprehension to advocate for our son. She was the link, supporting our family, and advocating so that the school district would meet the needs of our son appropriately. Special Education is a very sensitive subject to me, and when I read reviews like the one that Pegrouhi wrote, it is an attack on my family. The FACT is that Ms. Henkin has delivered nothing but the best skilled and qualified services for over 17 years. Her contribution to our son’s education has been priceless. My son is 21 years old, and Elissa has been part of his team of experts since he was 4 years old. It takes a village of special educators and advocates to navigate the educational system. If you are looking for a compassionate, specialized and concerned Special Education Advocate, Ms. Elissa Henkin is one of the few experts that has paved and lead the way. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER SERVICES.
~ M.P., Pacoima
I really wish I didn’t have to use her services , but when you have a child with special needs and you want the best for that child you need to use the best services. Ms Henkin provided me with service that I will be forever grateful for. I was told my son would never graduate high school . I refused to accept that . I was willing to do the work required to help him and also do whatever it took. Ms Henkin was recommended to me and after a long conversation at no cost I hired her to represent my son and me. The minute we walked into our first IEP the tone of the administrators changed. They knew her and realized I was a parent who meant business. She worked with us for six years while my son was in both middle and high school . Her diligence and hard work insured that my son graduated. I am forever in her debt . Phone calls were always returned in a timely manner, she was never late for an appointment, she was able to get us services we never knew existed. My son may have the diploma, but really her name should be on that sheep skin as well. A true professional in every sense and a pleasure to work with. Anyone who loves their children will love this wonderful woman and the dedicated work she will provide.
~ B.W., Culver City