Saba Mahmood

Saba Mahmood

Saba is a Nationally Certified and Illinois Licensed School Psychologist. Saba received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in Psychology, and currently holds her Master’s in Educational Psychology. She is currently on her way to becoming a doctor and serves on the Board of Trustees at Vanguard Academy. Saba’s emphasis is on understanding children’s strengths, challenges, and learning differences. She utilizes data from multiple domains to integrate cognitive ability, academic achievement, and psychological functioning. Saba also works with and advocates for diverse, underrepresented populations and speaks multiple languages that include fluency in Hindi and Urdu.

Saba is also an Education Advocate specializing in supporting parents and caregivers in navigating Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans. With a wealth of experience in special education advocacy, Saba is committed to ensuring that every child receives the support and resources they need to thrive academically and personally.

Having witnessed firsthand the challenges faced by families with children who have diverse learning needs, Saba brings a compassionate and empathetic approach to her work. She understands the complexities of the education system and is passionate about empowering parents to become effective advocates for their children.

Saba’s expertise extends to guiding families through the IEP and 504 plan process, from initial assessment and goal-setting to plan implementation and review. She provides personalized support and advocacy services, helping families understand their rights, navigate bureaucratic hurdles, and collaborate effectively with school teams to develop comprehensive and tailored support plans.

With a background in education and a deep understanding of complexities of IEPs and 504 plans, Saba is equipped to address a wide range of issues, including accommodations, modifications, behavioral interventions, and transition planning. She believes in the importance of fostering positive and collaborative relationships between parents, educators, and other stakeholders to ensure the best possible outcomes for students with special needs.

Saba is committed to staying abreast of the latest research, best practices, and legal developments in the field of special education advocacy. She regularly participates in professional development activities and networks with other advocates and experts to enhance her knowledge and skills.