Disabilities Specialist


Our 12 week program taught by Special Needs Expert, Jessica Brodey, will train maternity and child professionals to work with families who have been affected by a disability. Maternity and child professionals will be educated about the impact of disabilities on families and resources available for supporting families.  The program will address the challenges presented by a range of different disabilities, types of resources available for assisting families with disabilities, etiquette in discussing disability with families, and help maternity and child professionals become a point of entry for support services for families affected by disabilities from pre-conception through child rearing.


As a Disability Resource Specialist will be able to do:


  • Be familiar with a very broad range of disabilities.


  • Know the different categories of disabilities


  • Symptoms/challenges for each type of disability


  • Know how to recognize early warning signs of disabilities and developmental delays.


  • Be comfortable addressing these issues with families in a sensitive manner with appropriate language and terminology.


  • Understand the “hot buttons” and emotional triggers for families dealing with disabilities.


  • Be comfortable interacting with people with disabilities – we will discuss eye contact, and staring, and asking questions, and signs of discomfort.


  • Be knowledgeable about the disability and the families concerns and challenges.


  • Have information and resources available for families to help refer them to appropriate specialists, obtain public and private assessments, services, and supports.


  • Be able to inform and educate families about relevant organizations


  • Be able to discuss with parents their rights and responsibilities with respect to activities, services, insurance, education, and early interventions.


  • Help parents identify appropriate and accessible activities and social connections for their family.



Classes begin May 2013

Tuition $1500

For more information email info@maternityinstitute.com

About the instructor

Jessica Brodey is an attorney and public policy consultant with more than 15 years of experience in intellectual property counseling, litigation, and advocacy to improve access to education, work, technology, community and activities of daily living for people with disabilities.  Jessica is also a maternity and child consultant and the Founder/President of Eat-Sleep-Love, a company created to help new and expectant parents tackle many challenging parenting issues, including sleep, breastfeeding, maternity education and preparation, and educational, health and special needs advocacy. Through her company, Jessica provides private consultations, group seminars and classes, and helps parents create and implement plans that are respectful of all parenting philosophies and tailored to each child’s unique needs.

Since the birth of her first child, Jessica has been interested in the relationship between healthy sleep habits and child development, particularly educational disabilities.  Jessica has been actively involved in breastfeeding and parenting support groups, both in person and online, and supporting parents of children with disabilities identify resources and advocate for services for their children.  She began connecting with other parents as a “mommy blogger,” writing about her own parenting challenges and experiences with her children, such as her daughter’s gastro-esopheageal reflux disease related sleep struggles when she was five months old. The issues she faced caused her to seek out information about helping children develop and maintain good sleep habits. Ultimately, she decided to pursue advanced training in this area and has been working with clients ever since.

Jessica graduated from Emory University and the New York University School of Law.  She received her sleep training through Kim West’s Gentle Sleep Coach program and the International Maternity Institute‘s Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant program.  Jessica is also a Certified Lactation Counselor through the Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding, a Happiest Baby Educator certified by Dr. Harvey Karp, and has completed her coursework to become a Professional Baby Planner through the International Academy of Baby Planner Professionals.  Jessica also serves as the Eastern Regional Director (USA) of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants, and the Special Needs Expert on the International Maternity Institute’s Advisory Board.  She currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland with her family.



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