Learning Resource Integration for Students with Learning Differences

Cooper Consulting was founded to help students with learning differences achieve academic success…with reduced stress!

Taking the First Step

Identifying Your Student's Learning Difficulties

A number of children struggle to keep up with their peers when it comes to schoolwork. These difficulties may be longstanding or could be emerging as schoolwork becomes more demanding. When beginning the process of researching learning resource integration for your student, it is important to ask yourself some of the following questions:

“Our daughter was struggling to finish both the SAT and ACT. Jennifer Cooper worked with the Learning Specialist at our school to identify which test would be the best fit for her and then walked us through the process of getting a 50% time accommodation! Her score jumped immediately and she was subsequently admitted to a Top 10 university! Jen Cooper changes lives!”

1-in-5 students in the US
has at least one learning difference

Attention Deficits | Dyslexia | Executive Dysfunction | Dysgraphia | Decoding Challenges | Dyscalculia | Language Processing Disorder | Slow Processing Speed | The Lingering Effects of Concussions


Diagnostic Consultations for Students with Learning Difficulties

The process of identifying your child’s specific set of issues, surfacing resources, exploring accommodations and obtaining appropriate support and documentation can be daunting. The options and obstacles may be unclear for parents and Cooper Consulting was established to help navigate these challenges.

Whether our engagement is short-term or long-term, I always begin with a thorough Diagnostic Consultation. This includes a review of transcripts, reports and testing along with an interview of the student and a separate discussion with the parent(s). In some situations, it may be helpful to speak with tutors, testers or teachers and I occasionally conduct classroom observation as well.

Each student with a learning difference needs an individually customized game plan to identify and leverage the resources and accommodations available. Families also need an objective “project manager” who is experienced inside the learning differences community.

  • Choose testers and testing
  • Translate test results into an action plan
  • Select tutors with good chemistry and fit
  • Help secure accommodations from the school and SAT/ACT
  • Prioritize expenditures within a fixed budget
  • Maintain momentum: Time is not your friend when it comes to remediating most learning differences. The longer you wait, the more hardwired the interference becomes.
  • Coordinate all learning activities, make mid-course corrections and boost the student’s condience

Learning Resource Integration


Retainer Support Services

Often, the diagnostic process is only the beginning of our relationship. Once the plan is in place, families keep me on retainer to monitor and manage the process. This includes facilitating communication between all the parties involved, making in-course adjustments and coordinating the elements of the plan as described above.

  • Monitoring progress
  • Observing your student in academic settings
  • Coordinating support services
  • Obtaining accommodations for standardized testing
  • Meeting with parents, schools, testers, doctors, tutors/coaches, life coaches, and college counselors

What Our Clients Are Saying

“My son faced ADHD, dyslexia, difficulty with executive functioning, and a range of related challenges with interpersonal skills. He struggled asking for help, but Jen has a calm temperament and warmth that draws kids to her. Moreover, she has the most lovely and genuine nature which allows students to feel free about sharing their worries and struggles. For parents, she is a godsend. Often, I have felt lost and defeated, not knowing how to support, guide, or manage my son. When I turned to Jen, she would be a great source of calm and reason. Our discussions would help me regroup, and often gain new insights into the inner workings of my son.”
"Jen Cooper has been a trusted advisor for my husband and me as we navigated the struggles of having our son diagnosed with ADD, Dyslexia, and an Executive Processing disorder. She quickly was able to review his neurobehavior report, suggest a fabulous tutor who would come to our home, as well as help us advocate for an IEP within the Howard County Public School system—which is no easy task! He has now been moved to a 504 plan and is reading above grade level and welcomes the opportunity to read in class during Google Meets. Additionally, he has built so much confidence with his abilities that he routinely shares his well-constructed writing assignments with his middle school peers. I would highly recommend Jen because of her extensive knowledge of the IEP process and vast network of resources, which she can call upon to make a difference in your child's life. My son wouldn't be where he is today without Jen's support and guidance."
"Our daughter was near the top of her class, but she couldn’t seem to finish the SAT or ACT and she feared her scores would keep her from her dream of attending a top university. Mrs. Cooper recommended a specific diagnostic test that identified a subtle disconnect that was getting in my daughter’s way. ACT typically doesn’t grant extended time to students claiming a learning difference late in the process—but Mrs. Cooper worked with the tester to develop language that would resonate and influence the decision. ACT allowed a 50% accommodation and my daughter scored a perfect 36 and was accepted by the college of her choice. Wow. What can I say? Thanks Mrs. Cooper!!!"
"After seeing our son’s academic struggles increase, we arranged for him to complete a full neuropsyche evaluation. My wife and I found the test results and the psychologist’s conclusions difficult to understand— the tests themselves seemed very abstract and the results were often contradictory. Jennifer was able to explain to us, in plain terms, what the findings meant and how they related to the difficulties we were seeing our son have. More importantly, she designed an action plan, combining scholastic accommodations at school and from the college testing organizations with practical strategies that helped our child improve his learning processes. Jennifer’s guidance was transformational—our son went from being a B-/C+ student to being a straight A student in the space of a year. Seeing our son’s self-esteem improve so noticeably was best of all!"
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About Jennifer

Jennifer is the Director of Learning Support at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD. For more than a decade, she has worked with hundreds of students and their families to help them navigate the complex world of a student with learning differences. 

Prior to joining McDonogh, Jennifer was a consultant and executive function coach at Bowman Educational Services. She began her career as the Director of Learning and Development at Alex Brown in Baltimore.

Jennifer has a Masters degree in Organizational Behavior from Johns Hopkins University and a second Masters degree in Special Education from St Joseph’s University. Perhaps more importantly, she is the mother of three daughters who have collectively battled dyslexia, ADHD, executive dysfunction, neurodevelopmental disorder, anxiety and severe concussion. Becca graduated from the University of Maryland, Rachel graduated with Honors from Princeton University and Julia is an undergraduate at Stanford.

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