Why I Care About Your Happiness At Work

002: Building Yourself Into What’s Next – Suzanne Flax

Suzanne Flax is a Special Education Advocate and Consultant here in the Greater
Boston area. Originally from Michigan, she has a B.A. in English from
The University of Michigan and went on to earn a master’s degree in Speech and
Language Pathology at Columbia University. For over 30 years, Suzanne has
dedicated her career an advocate and consultant for students and families with
diverse special education needs and is licensed and certified in several disciplines.

She holds state licenses to practice speech-language pathology in
Massachusetts and New York and is clinically certified as a speech-language
pathologist through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Additionally, she is certified as an Early Intervention Specialist through the
Massachusetts Department of Public Health and has completed a certificate as
a Parent Consultant through the Federation of Children with Special Needs. In
2017, Suzanne completed an extensive training program in Wrights Law Special
Education Law and Advocacy. This training enabled her to fulfill a goal to
transition her career from a full-time practice as a speech-language pathologist
to opening her own business as a Special Education Advocate. Suzanne
consults with families, urban and suburban school systems and private schools,
offering her extensive knowledge in all disabilities including communication
disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental delays and transition
planning. She provides observations and evaluations of current and proposed
Individual Education Plans and 504 placements, attend team meetings, Bureau
of Special Education Appeals mediation and due process hearings as well as
securing out-of-district placements.

Please join me in welcoming Suzanne Flax.

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In this episode we discuss:

  • Where Suzanne started and how she knew it was time to make a change.
  • The process Suzanne went through to become an advocate.
  • How she moved from being an employee to being completely self-employed.
  • Her life philosophy.
  • How she feels about the work she is doing today, and how she nurtures her career.
  • Her encouragement for other people who feel like they are facing a career transition.

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