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Hiring an educational consultant: Pros and cons for parents

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Deciding on a private school, universities or programs for learning disabilities can be an intimidating task. For some parents, an educational consultant can be an invaluable ally.


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Benefits of an Educational Consultant

When a student has a hard time with a math function or a written passage in English, they can seek out extra help from their professors or tutors. So, if parents are having similar problems when trying to sort through the sometimes dizzying number of educational decisions for their child, they might want someone in their corner as well.

An educational consultant is an independent expert in learning that works with schools, families, and students to find the best strategy in attaining an educational or academic goal. Much like a guidance counsellor helps students sift through their options for post-secondary programs and future careers, an educational consultant assists families in deciding what their values are and what's important for them in an educational experience, and presents them with options that they believe are the best fit.

Here are some of the pros and cons of hiring an educational consultant:

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Some families choose to do the preliminary research themselves, and then hire an educational consultant to assist with the application process, or vice versa. There are many ways to work with an educational consultant when looking for the right private or independent school, so it never hurts to look into your options.

Learn more about topics such as choosing a school and the application process by attending one of the Private School Expos! To get some knowledgeable advice, read our educational experts answers to questions about special needs: What are some common signs that a child has special needs? What are the best ways to assess and diagnose special needs? What are some tips for raising a child with special needs? What kinds of resources and activities are available to children with special needs?  
—Carly Maga
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