Visible Child is pleased to provide personalized consultation to parents, families, schools, and organizations.
For parents, consultations often focus on :
- enhancing/coaching for respectful caregiving,
- adjustment to first time parenthood
- establishment of routines
- limit setting strategies
- adjustments/transitions to new siblings, homes, or schools
- solutions to challenging behavior
- sleeping or eating challenges
- temperament or child development coaching
For schools or organizations, consultations often focus on:
- training & staff development needs
- respectful caregiving
- early childhood mental health observation and consultation
- curriculum development
- observation and assessment of children, teachers, or classrooms
- classroom environment: the environment as the “third teacher”
- accreditation or quality improvement
- grounding in child development
- parent-teacher or parent-school relationships
At Visible Child, we pride ourselves on collaborative and eclectic consulting. The beauty of individual consultation is that it allows us to address, in a very direct and applicable way, the needs, values, and style of an individual child and their families or caregivers, providing solutions and support that work for YOU–it is neither a cookie cutter nor a dogmatic approach. We come to solutions together. You bring your knowledge of your child, and we bring the research, resources, experience, and child development expertise…together, we find solutions!
Consultations can take place in homes or schools or child care centers, over the phone or email/chat, by Skype/Facetime, or in person at other agreed upon locations. Think of it a little bit like what “Super Nanny” does (except completely different.)
In person consultations are available in the Northeast U.S., and may be offered in other locations in conjunction with travel to other areas for speaking engagements, conferences, workshops, etc. Phone/Skype/Email consultations are available regardless of location.
Currently, those consultations are provided by Robin Einzig, President and Founder of Visible Child. Over time, as Visible Child grows, we hope to offer additional consultation opportunities, especially in relation to specific concerns (early intervention, sleep specialists, etc.)
Robin is a child development professional with more than 35 years of experience, as well as a writer and a parent. She brings a collaborative spirit, an easy-going eclectic approach, and a wealth of creative solutions for every challenge.
Robin has a strong background in respectful/conscious parenting, infant-toddler development, and clinical developmental psychology, including having trained and/or worked directly with Magda Gerber (founder of RIE), Ron Lally (founder of Zero to Three), Ed Zigler (one of the founders of Head Start), Sharon Lynn Kagan (child development policy expert), Berry Brazelton (of Touchpoints fame), Stanley Greenspan (founder of FloorTime), Bessel VanderKolk (noted trauma specialist) and many many others. Robin has been a teacher, child care administrator, curriculum developer, program development specialist, university lecturer, trainer, early childhood mental health specialist, and trauma specialist. The one constant in all of her work is a deep and persistent passion and commitment to respect and dignity for children of all ages, and a belief in the unique potential of every child.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Our standard fee is $100/hour, or $60/half hour. We do have a sliding scale available as needs arise, so if the cost is prohibitive, please be in touch with us, and we will try our very best to find a mutually agreeable arrangement.
We also are happy to arrange for custom package consultations that combine more extensive ongoing phone/email support, multiple visits, or other longer term projects–almost anything that you can conceive. If you have an idea in mind, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Consultation”, and we’ll figure something out!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
You fill out the questionnaire, and you include a few days and times that would work best for you.
I will get back to you within 48 hours, and we will confirm a time to meet. I will then call/Skype you at that time. I will also send you an invoice via PayPal that is payable immediately upon receipt.
The one thing you should know about meeting is that I do not discuss children or their behavior in front of the children. Speaking about people and “how to handle them” in the third person in their presence feels disrespectful to me. If it is an observation-based consultation, of course the children are there and I interact with them, and might model strategies upon request. Even in those cases, the follow up discussion is done when the child is not present. So it’s good to keep that in mind when you are considering the best times to talk.
We talk for an hour, ending with a clear plan to address your concerns. All consults include a few brief check-ins via email or messaging, just to tweak or fine tune the plan.
HOW TO PROCEED
If you want to explore possibilities for consultation, please email us at email@example.com, and use the subject line “Consultation.” If you are ready to schedule a consultation, we ask that you fill out a background questionnaire that can be found HERE. We will get back to you within 48 hours (usually within 24 hours.)