Thank you from the bottom of my heart. We just spent several days in Idaho for the parent workshop and I still cannot get over how much our son has changed during his three months there. Ari and I never ever would have believed that in three months time he would be able to self advocate, self regulate and demonstrate such appropriate self control. When we came to you we were scared and Ari especially was very skeptical. So many experts had told us over the years that they would know the answer to Matt's difficulties. As we told every parent there and here in our community, you truly took the time to get to know him through interviews of everyone who had dealt with him including us and Matt himself and through this process you really got to know him. Your placement was truly the solution for all of us. It was the hardest decision we ever made and I miss my Matt like crazy ESP after seeing him this weekend but I also know that this is what is going to help him so much and make his journey to adulthood easier and equip him with skills that will benefit him forever. I have tried many times to write all this down but I have been so numb since that day In February when we made this decision and just couldn't. This first parent workshop un- numbed me and the tears have been pouring since and I finally am able to fully thank you for all.
Miriam L. - New Rochelle, NY
Working with Harris Kramer & Liston was wonderful. Our consultant really got to know our son and understood his needs. Because of her encyclopedic knowledge of the universe of private schools she was able to suggest the most appropriate schools for him. HK&L provided us with peace of mind and did a fantastic job guiding us through the admissions process and was able to help us figure out the optimal school for our son.
Andrew D. - Larchmont, NY
HK&L made us feel comfortable from the start when looking into sending our 13 year old son to private school. Debbie truly delivered on her promise to understand his needs and desires, match him perfectly with appropriate schools and work with our family through the admissions process. She introduced us to many hard to find alternatives and was an outstanding advocate for him not only with the schools but also with us! Thank you Harris Kramer & Liston!
Brian & Laura G - Chappaqua, NY
My wife and I have worked with Harris Kramer & Liston for several years now in connection with identifying educational opportunities for our son, who has significant language disabilities. They thoughtfully took on the task – getting to know our son through meeting with him and interviewing people who know him well – and then recommended a truly unique post secondary school (that we had not previously known about) that has provided our son with tremendous opportunities in academic, social and vocational areas. We are now working with HK&L again, planning for our son’s next step after he completes post secondary school next year. They are unique people. They truly understand how emotional an issue disability is for parents – and how important it is to listen closely to the beliefs and feelings of both the student and the parents. We most highly recommend their unique services.
Phil and Ronni R. - Creskill, NJ
Debbie Finn has been wonderful in helping us to look at a range of boarding school options specific to our needs. She is a great listener, incredibly responsive and has literally held our hand throughout the process. We have valued her advice enormously.
Lisa J. - Brooklyn, NY
My experience with Harris/Kramer beginning during a family crisis in 2012 has been nothing short of remarkable. Our Consultant offered clear, concise advice on the very personal subject of our children, and was always available. I hope and trust that my family’s experience with Harris Kramer & Liston will be a marquee for ALL future families seeking alternative educational opportunities for their children.
Chris C. - NYC
I am thrilled to have found Harris Kramer & Liston. We were under time pressure and they moved incredibly quickly while being discriminating and insightful in understanding my daughter’s needs. They found an excellent school and the just-right fit for my child. I can't imagine a smoother painless process and placement than the service provided by HarrisKramer & Liston.
Robin G. - New York
As a health insurance advocate for families of children with special needs and/or mental health illnesses, I pride myself on working with like minded professionals who understand the urgent and sensitive nature of working for such families. It is very important to be compassionate and empathetic while at same time providing a level of service that is immediate and results driven. Fortunately, I have the privilege of working with such professionals at Harris Kramer & Liston. Harris Kramer & Liston provides a level of service that few in the Educational Consulting industry can match. Their thoughtfulness and thoroughness is evident in every case we work together on. I am thankful for the work we have done together, and I look forward to more in the future. The families we work for deserve nothing less than the excellence that Harris Kramer & Liston provides.
Scott Leshin- SJ Personal Healthcare Advocates LLC
Myrna and Jodi were a dynamic duo when it came to helping us in a crisis. Together they guided us through the entire process.
Parents - Westchester, NY
The idea of starting college, away from home is frightening, to say the least, but I am enrolled and come January will be a full-time student at the University of Vermont. The direct, no-bullshit attitude you took with me worked. I respect how much attention you give to your applicants, ensuring that all work is completed to an acceptable degree. Thank you again for all the work you've done for me.
Jacob - NY
It is always a pleasure working with Harris Kramer & Liston. They are great at collaborating with health care providers. They have accumulated a vast knowledge and referral base in their years of doing consulting work. What I appreciate most about working with HK&L is that they actually visited the places they are describing and referring my patients to. This provides a tremendous level of comfort to all involved.
Adrienne Lederer - MD
We outsourced the total college application process for our daughter to Harris Kramer & Liston. It was the most pleasant senior year we could ever have imagined! We heard nothing until 1 week before Christmas when the first half of our daughter's applications were ready; a week later the second half were complete. The acceptances began hitting our mailbox the first week of January! What a relief and a pleasure! When our son started his junior year, we again turned to HK&L for their expert advice. It went equally as well with a senior year, early decision acceptance to a school that they recommended that is a perfect match. From developing the list of candidate schools to filling out applications and meeting deadlines, Harris Kramer & Liston focused on our children's strengths, needs and dreams. We have recommended HK&L to many of our friends who have thanked us time and again.
Aaron & Barbara- Glen Ridge, NJ
Harris Kramer & Liston did a wonderful job of evaluating our son and our family's financial situation and came up with a list of schools, many of which were not on our "radar." It turned out one of the schools on the list was exactly the right fit. HK&L's extensive knowledge of colleges and universities and their expert guidance through the application process were invaluable. Our son was admitted to his first choice school and they were able to offer him a generous financial package. We are thrilled with the outcome.
Katie - NJ
HK&L was extremely helpful to us in our time of need. They are very knowledgeable in special education law. Our consultant was easy to talk to and always accessible, even on very short notice. She came through for us when we needed her the most. I truly believe that if HK&L had not been at our side during our meetings, we would still be fighting an uphill battle and getting nowhere. As it is, they helped us get our child to an appropriate placement, which would have been an impossible or otherwise very difficult task. I highly recommend Harris Kramer & Liston if you are in need of a special education advocate. You will not be disappointed.
NM - Westchester, NY
We engaged Harris Kramer & Liston’s services to assist moving our son from a Special Education Classroom to an Integrated, Co-Teach setting. From the start, HK&L was professional, knowledgeable and offered a wealth of information and direction. They have a keen understanding of the intricacies of the school districts and is familiar with many of the personnel therein. They were integral in planning our agenda and assistance was offered every step of the way, from advice on appropriate Doctor consultations, and paperwork to Legal consultation when necessary. Our consultant also served as a strong, supportive voice for us in our face-to-face meeting with the school district, helping us as parents feel empowered and successful.
CC - Poughaug, NY
Harris Kramer & Liston assisted our family with getting needed services and supports for our son. They are very professional, knowledgeable and dependable. I would highly recommend her to any family wanting assistance with advocating for their child.
JME - Kingston, NY
Sitting around the table at CSE meetings can be very intimidating. Our initial exposure to the experience was a disaster. The professionals in the room had their own agenda and were very unresponsive to our inquiries and concerns. Walking out of the meeting we knew what they wanted to provide was not what our grandchild needed. We looked around for assistance and we were referred to Harris Kramer & Liston. The next meeting was completely different. Our concerns were met and the placement, program and services were altered. We got services we didn’t even know we were entitled to! There is no doubt in my mind we would not have the same program for our grandson had Harris Kramer & Liston not come to our aid.
RR - Poughkeepsie, NY
I was referred to HK&L through my cousin who is also a long-standing client. I never had to encounter the overwhelming feeling of dealing with my child's education on this level. When I met my consultant I felt like there was no need to worry. The burden was lifted and my child and I were protected and in good hands. I can't express the gratitude I have for Harris Kramer & Liston. They know the ropes and nothing gets by them. They are a wealth of information and I feel safe knowing the care and effort they put into making sure my child's rights are met. Harris Kramer & Liston will continue to advocate for my child.
SB- Brookfield, CT
When my daughter with special needs was ready to enter Kindergarten, I wanted to make sure she would continue to get the support she needed to feel successful in school. Upon entering my first meeting with the school district's Committee on Special Education (CSE), I felt confident we could all work together as a team to develop an appropriate educational plan for my daughter. What I found was the school district not only disregarded my input as a parent, but they also dismissed the reports and recommendations of my daughter's teachers, therapists and doctors. The whole process left me feeling overwhelmed and confused. That is when my daughter's speech therapist recommended I call Jodi Liston. Jodi thoroughly reviewed my daughter's file, consulted with me and then accompanied me to the next CSE meeting. Her presence at the meeting really leveled the playing field. She has an extensive knowledge of education law and was able to address the committee with firm confidence. Without her advocacy, I probably would have walked away defeated. I am happy to say my daughter now receives the support services she needs in her Kindergarten class. My family and I are truly grateful to Jodi for her hard work and dedication.
CN - Wappingers Falls, NY
It is always a pleasure working with Myrna Harris. Myrna is great at collaborating with healthcare providers. She has accumulated a vast knowledge and referral base in her years of doing consulting work. What I appreciate most about working with Myrna is that she has actually visited the places to which she is describing and referring my patients. This provides a tremendous level of comfort to all involved.
Joseph T. Schippa, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist- NY
Working with Myrna Harris has been a most gratifying experience. I am amazed by her uncanny ability to find just the right program for her clients and their families. She is thoughtful, respectful and passionate about the uniqueness of each individual. Myrna just gets it!!
Eileen Psaki LCSW- Greenwich, CT
Myrna is a consummate professional at helping families find educational and therapeutic settings that best fit their needs. Her vast depth of knowledge and genuine compassion enables her to put families at ease as they navigate the complex process of selection. We have worked collaboratively with her for many years and rely on her professional guidance to best serve families. She is exceptional at what she does and unrivaled in her field!
Evan Flamenbaum, M.A., M.A., M.S.W Academic Director- Academic West Jeffrey Kassinove, Ph.D. Clinical Director at Therapy, West Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
24-7 – that’s when Myrna is working for our family. When we have a new crisis, we email Myrna, and before she gets back to us, Myrna has already contacted the appropriate people at the program where our daughter is, and has gotten to the bottom of the situation. We may not always like what she has to tell us, but it is always straight to the heart of the matter. And she relates so well to our daughter; asks her the tough questions. Myrna is wonderful; don’t know what we would do without her.
Parent - Chappaqua, NY
For us, Myrna's combination of compassion, pragmatism, almost uncanny ability to understand our child and exhaustive knowledge of programs available and appropriate for her was invaluable.
Kathy- Chappaqua, NY
Myrna Harris transformed our daughter's life. Myrna's instant connection with our daughter enabled TWO successful placements for her. Our daughter is on her way to a full life replete with community, friends and employment. Impossible to do on one's own.
Epstein's - Brookville, Long Island
I met Myrna in February 2012. I walked into her office after having spoken to her on the phone and having sent my son's testing, evaluations and records. She interviewed my son and was able to get him to open up. My husband and I were extremely concerned about his future. He had been recently diagnosed with Aspergers disorder. He was a very bright boy, but struggled academically and socially. As he got older, he wanted to fit in and unfortunately the peers he chose were heading him down a negative path. We tried several different schools, including military school, therapists, tutors, and medication but nothing worked. We always questioned our decision and hoped and wondered if we were doing the right thing. Myrna immediately saw our son to be a fragile at-risk child. Not only did she know which program he would fit best in, she also knew which therapist she wanted him to be with. She made all the calls, spoke to the program director and sent all of his testing. He started two days later. We were so happy to know that we didn't have to question our decision. We made it with the help of someone that truly knew. It was such a relief knowing he was getting the help he needed to make the most out of his life. It's almost two years later and our son is doing so well. He's a different child, with a 3.7 GPA and a strong desire to work hard and do well. If it weren't for Myrna's compassion, knowledge, intuition and relationship with so many of the programs we would be in a much different place. My family will be forever grateful for all she has done for us and for giving us back our son.
Maria - NY, NY
Sometimes you meet someone who is doing what they are genetically predisposed to do. That's Myrna with her unique ability to be forthright without threatening, which is something parents of at-risk children desperately need. You call Myrna because you're lost and need a new course that has a good chance of getting you, and your child, where you would like to be. This is not easy stuff. On the way up to Katonah to their first meeting both my girls were very "anti-Myrna." By the time we left the office they were hugging her goodbye. She has since placed my two very different children in two very different wilderness programs and schools. She knows these programs and schools and she knows the people who are running them. She will get to know you and most importantly she will get to know your child. Once she places your child Myrna stays on the case. But know, it's not a guaranteed homerun or smooth ride. Sometimes the placement isn't right but know Myrna stays right there with you and corrects the course. She's your ring buoy.
Annette - Long Island, NY
Myrna very accurately and quickly read my son, understood him, his problems and needs, and placed him in programs and schools that were a really good fit. She knows her schools and programs and the people who run them and work there, is always current (she makes regular visits to these establishments) and is thorough in her research. She continued to follow my son well after he was placed. Her service and commitment to my son was remarkable. She did a pretty good job hand-holding us, his parents, throughout the whole process too! Without her help, we would have been lost.
Sita & Steve - NY
Myrna helped us find our way through the dark when we weren't sure where to turn or who to trust. Part of me thinks we would still be lost without her.
Don - Armonk, NY
What you may not understand at this early juncture, however, is how crucial to the success of this entire undertaking your educational consultant will be. Today our daughter is doing really, really well. Her struggles are by no means over but she is so much better equipped, self-aware and happy than she was before. She worked really hard for that – something Myrna had absolutely no influence or control over. But, Camille would have never had a shot at this happier life and been as successful in her programs, if she had not been in the programs that were right for her, and I know I would not have found these programs, and Camille would not have possibly been accepted, without Myrna. Of all the intangibles you are facing at this moment choosing Myrna Harris to help you in the process will eliminate one of the most important from your list. Myrna was our partner in this very difficult journey – she was our number-one resource and advocate. And while you should never stop being the parent/consumer/ultimate decision-maker in this process Myrna Harris will give you the resources, insight and support you need to do what you need to do to the very best of your ability.
Linda - NY, NY
Now, two-and-a-half years later, life is characterized primarily by hope, a reasonable degree of peace, and even wonderful pockets of happiness…versus a gaping black hole of unremitting desperation and despair. It has been a process, a process that has required very hard work—by my son, myself, my son’s entire therapeutic team, and others—and the process will continue, because that is life. The most instrumental individual in this entire process has been Myrna Harris. Myrna does not simply carry out her due diligence and disappear from one’s life: Myrna keeps your child—and you—on her radar continually. She was not only concerned one thousand percent with my son’s well-being, but was also sincerely concerned that I not “go under” from the stress, and regularly checked in with me to see if I was okay. She goes above and beyond the call of duty at every turn. She is indefatigable, and not only gets to know every last thing about her clients so as to make an appropriate placement but also travels extensively throughout the country year-round and knows every detail about and virtually every employee of the programs and schools she recommends. I would like to emphasize one more point: What Myrna does is highly specialized. This is not like Googling the Top 100 High Schools in the U.S. or the Top 100 Colleges & Universities. Those lists are based on statistical data, which is fine. But in the realm of serious help for serious circumstances, you will find no such lists. You will find many programs and schools tooting their own horns on their websites—but you will not find independent evaluations by interested observers…who want only the best for their clientele. That’s Myrna.
Isabelle B.- Bedford Corners, NY
For us, Myrna's combination of compassion, pragmatism, almost uncanny ability to understand our child was invaluable.