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New Article on Therapeutic Consulting

Posted an article today titled “Therapeutic Consulting For Teens And Young Adults?”. It talks about who therapeutic consultants are, what we do, and how we can help families. For all of those who already know what we do, please leave a comment telling us what we forgot. And for all of those who are somewhat murky on the subject, let us know if you now feel fully educated. Of course there will still be lots of questions, but we’re all ears of course!

On a related note, I’d like to mention I spent the last week visiting programs in Arizona. I had many positive experiences and I’d especially like to extend a big “Thank You!” to the following, in no particular order, for hosting me:

Some of you may have noticed the blog posts are starting to slow down. As much as I love writing them I have to say that things are really starting to pick up and I simply don’t have the time to write a post every single day. Thankfully, busy is good and I’ll do my best to keep up.

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A Plan for Summer

As Spring Break comes to an end, the count down to summer begins. Summer means family trips, summer school, camps, and lots of unstructured time. This leaves parents with the daunting task of figuring out what to do to fill three months of freedom. Proper planning is the key to a great summer.

Summer is a great time for kids to spend focused on areas they are interested in. There are a wide range of summer experiences out there for every area of interest. From theater to robotics, summer is a prime time to allow your child to explore their passion.

For some kids, summer vacation is a time to expand or rebuild a weak transcript. There are a wide variety of academic summer experiences ranging from the local public school to college campuses all over the country. Not only is this a way for students to enjoy time away from home working on their academics, it also allows them to begin dreaming of what college life may be like.

For others, summer is a focused time that can be spent giving back through community service based summer programs. The experiences available to kids is vast. If you are looking to plan your child’s summer, Prepare To Bloom, LLC may be able to help.  Please contact us at (650)888-4575 or on the web at  We hope you have a wonderful stress free summer.


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What we do at Prepare To Bloom, LLC

Prepare To Bloom, LLC

Prepare to Bloom was formed in 2011 by Shayna Abraham, M.A., who has over a decade of experience in the therapeutic and educational consulting industry. She is well known for her work with another reputable consulting firm based in California. Shayna brings a unique set of skills, knowledge, experience, and expertise to her new company. Shayna has worked with hundreds of families and successfully assisted in the placement of clients in academic and therapeutic settings.

What is a Therapeutic and Educational Consultant?
A therapeutic consultant, sometimes called a therapeutic placement consultant, is someone who assesses a family’s needs and helps to create a plan for intervention. Adolescents and young adults who work with therapeutic consultants may be struggling with anxiety, depression, disrespect to authority, identity issues, academic failure, substance abuse, anger or aggression, poor choice of friends, oppositional defiance disorder, eating disorders, and/or learning disorders.

Consultants create individualized plans for adolescents and young adults. Sometimes the client needs an out-of-home placement in a program that is designed to meet their precise needs. In other situations, local treatment professionals may be recommended for the client and/or family. In all cases, however, the consultant coordinates with all of the appropriate professionals, schools, and/or programs.
How do you choose the right consultant?
Choosing a consultant is similar to choosing a therapist. It is a very personal process as you will be sharing some private information with the consultant.
Comfort – First and foremost, you need to feel comfortable speaking openly with your consultant. Don’t be afraid to ask your consultant pointed and straight forward questions during your interview process.
Background and Training – Consider the consultant’s background and training. It is important that the consultant participates in ongoing training. This training should include ongoing visits to the programs and professionals that s/he recommends.
Specialty – Consider the consultant’s specialty. Make sure that the consultant has experience working with your family’s set of concerns.
Customer Service – Consider the consultant’s customer service – Customer service is essential in a field that is built around individualized counseling and relationship building. Find a consultant who is readily available and is willing to meet on an unlimited basis.

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For additional information about Therapeutic and Educational Consulting and Prepare To Bloom, LLC please call us at (650)888-4575 or check us out online at

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New survey says half of all children with Autism try to leave safe spaces

Prepare To Bloom FlowerEarly findings by the Interactive Autism Network, the nation’s largest online autism research project, show that roughly half of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) between the ages of 4 and 10 attempt to elope. Elopement is the term the researchers settled on to describe the proclivity of children to stray, wander, run, bolt, or otherwise leave a space that is considered safe, such as with a parent or guardian. The findings are preliminary, but with over 800 families reporting, there is a markedly higher risk to elope for children of all ages who have ASD. At age 5, for example, approximately 34% of children with ASD eloped verses only about 4% of their unaffected siblings. These findings are especially worrisome considering that over a third of the families who have children who elope also report their children are “never” or “rarely” able to tell people who they are or where they live.

Over half of families reporting stated that elopement was among the most stressful of their child’s ASD behaviors. As examples of that stress, nearly a third of parents needed to call the police, and two thirds of parents had children who had a “close call” with traffic injury or drowning.

So why do children with ASD elope? This is one of the main focuses of the research, and it is still too early to tell for certain. What they have found, however, is that families report that for the most part, children are playful, happy, or focused while eloping and not as frequently eloping in an anxious, sad or confused state of mind.

For more details and the full article, please visit the Interactive Autism Network. The IAN Research article may be found here. If you are able and willing, they do accept donations through the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

If there is a child, teen, young adult, or adolescent in your life who is struggling to make their way, and you just don’t know who to contact or where to go next, consider hiring a therapeutic consultant. Consultants at Prepare To Bloom, LLC guide families in creating individual plans to help them find success. Visit our web page at, or call 650-888-4575.

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Posted by on April 20, 2011 in Research


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Things are Improving for those with Special Needs

Dr. Krysti DeZonia on her blog “Q and A with Dr.K”  highlighted the top 5 things she sees getting better for people with disabilities .  The first thing on her list is all of the amazing professionals around the world that are showing their interest in working with people with various disabilities.  I couldn’t agree with her more.  There are amazing professionals all around us who are supporting families with special needs.  These professionals are now more than ever becoming creative in ways to deliver these services.

The second innovation she highlighted was all of the improvements that have been made in the technology allowing people with a wide variety of disabilities to communicate freely.  While the majority of the clients I work with do not have physical disabilities that require the use of these technology, I am very impressed in seeing all of these developments and the access they create for others.

Third, she highlights all of the options for non traditional learners.  She notes that there are online options for college, lectures, do-it-yourself projects and pretty much anything else one could be curious about.  I have been a long time supporter of alternatives for education.  I agree that the increased access via the internet allows curiosity to lead us to continue exploring and learning even after completing any formalized education.

Her fourth highlight was about the gaining popularity of living a simple life, valuing relationships over stuff.  This is a powerful movement that I have seen around the world.  As we continue to increase our contact via technology small moments that we can spend with each other become more and more powerful.  I believe that spending time rather than money has increased value in these difficult times.

The fifth thing that is getting better is that parents are no longer willing to settle.  She highlights that parents who once had been told that something was not available for their special needs child are standing up and getting creative in ways to advocate for their child’s best interest.  I agree fully with this mentality.

We at Prepare To Bloom, LLC, strive to assist parents in implementing plans that will help their families deal with complex family challenges.and develop recommendations that will meet each families’ individualistic goals. Consistent with Dr. DeZonia’s observations, the special needs’ environment has become far more positive, allowing Prepare To Bloom to employ far more “out-of-box,” creative solutions.
For more information or insight, please contact us at or call (650) 888-4575.
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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in Families, Reviews


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