AO Therapeutic Consulting

AO is a practice of Independent Consultants specializing in therapeutic and educational placements. Founded in 2006, AO has assisted thousands of families from all over the world navigate the difficult and confusing process of exploring residential or boarding options. Our goal is to help every child, adolescent, and young adult succeed in life.

By traveling the country to personally assess schools and programs, we have attained comprehensive knowledge of placement options that will foster growth in all areas of a client’s life. Our clinical training, our membership in national associations, our continued education in the field, our connections with school and program leadership, and our extensive experience counseling parents allows us to guide families beyond marketing materials. Understanding the nuances of each program and who they best serve, in order to determine the optimal fit for our clients, is our specialty.

As independent consultants, we are compensated solely by our clients and not by schools or programs. We have no business relationship with any referral sources or professionals to whom we refer. In other words, we are objectively working on behalf of your child.


AO’s one-time consultation benefits families who have important questions but are uncertain about whether AO’s complete placement services are necessary.

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Therapeutic Placement

When psychological or behavioral difficulties interfere with a child’s development and safety, it may be appropriate to consider a residential therapeutic placement.

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Special Needs Placement

Exceptional educational, transitional, or living environments for those with disabilities can be found throughout the country to serve this population’s diverse needs.

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Jill Rickel, MS, CEP

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Amber M. Quintero, MSW

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(954) 659-9291

(954) 839-9443

Jill Rickel, MS, CEP

Amber Quintero, MSW

Jennifer Sarran, MS, CCC-SLP

Jennifer Sarran, MS, CCC-SLP

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