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Sarah Buckley
BY Sarah Buckley

Love My Provider Offers a Comprehensive Listing of Special Needs Services

When it comes down to finding some of the best restaurants or professional services in your area, many people wouldn’t hesitate to research online by using sites like Yelp, Urbanspoon or Google Reviews. But finding the right resources and services that will mesh well with a child that has special needs will always more difficult than finding the best local pizza joint.

The Founder

This is where Sara Gershfeld, a behavioral psychologist, special educator and serial entrepreneur based in Los Angeles, comes in. With dual degrees in psychology and neuroscience from Scripps University, a MA in developmental psychology from Claremont Graduate University, and a private practice in Los Angeles, Gershfeld understood the hardships facing families who have children with special needs.

The Origins

Sara says that Love My Provider was based on a number of Jewish Principles that focus on helping and looking out for one another. With a strong desire to apply these principles to individuals with special needs Gershfeld decided that it was time to create a tool that let people help each other, Hence Love My Provider was founded.

How It Works

Love My Provider is a safe and secure space on the web, where families with special needs children can access thousands of listings that for professional and everyday services in their local area. An example of some of the listings include:

  • Lawyers
  • Financial Advisors
  • Advocates
  • Camps
  • Non-Profits
  • Therapists
  • Dentists
  • Hair Salons
  • And over 50 other categories

How you can help

Although Love My Provider currently offers over 30,000 providers, they are always looking to expand their quantity and find even more of the providers that parents are looking for. If parents don’t find what they’re looking for they can submit their requested providers, and the Love My Provider concierge will do their best to respond within 48 hours. Providers interested in being added to the database can also submit their listing.

Reviews

Individuals have the ability to post reviews on any listing. Reviews posted are 100% anonymous, and cannot be seen unless someone has logged in or created an account first, Love My Provider is an amazing resource that hopes to build a central place to find any and every special needs resource.

More

Love My Provider also offers a monthly newsletter and a blog, which Gershfeld hopes are useful tools for any parent that has a child with special needs. Both of these extra resources are in place to keep parents informed and up-to-date on the going ons in the special needs community. Check out Love My Provider and see how it works, Read their story and tell us in the comments below if you will use this service.

Sarah Buckley

Written on October 22, 2014 by:

Sarah is the Communications and Social Media Coordinator at Friendship Circle, and is also the Assistant Editor of the Friendship Circle Blog. Check out her post for weekly special needs news round ups and more. You can connect with her on LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.
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