Many parents over the years have told me the school instructed them to get testing at the doctor’s offices before the public school would help the child. Some of these parents are put onto a waiting list at the doctor’s office while the child falls further and further behind. Schools have a duty to seek out children who may be eligible for special education services, regardless if an outside doctor is involved. Schools and parents are supposed to contribute input to an “assessment” process, indicating areas of “suspected disability”. Parents need to be proactive in pursuit of getting help for the child who struggles in public school. If your attempts are getting you nowhere with the school, advocates at theiepcenter.com are available.
SEPAL advocates are not attorneys and do not give legal advice.
“Wait and See” can be costly for children who struggle in public school, especially in the primary grades. Parents report to us that a kindergarten teacher indicated concerns and told the parent to watch the student during first grade. During the child’s first grade year, the first grade teacher said the child would probably need to be tested and suggested the parent go get “medical” testing done. Now, the student is in second grade and the parent has completed the “medical” tests yet the school district does not initiate any testing of the student although the student struggles and has handwriting that is illegible.
See how our kids can slip through the cracks? It’s important that parents know how to work the “system” so that the years don’t slip by. Parents need to be proactive when the child has special needs. The “system” works slowly so a parent needs to be one step ahead.
Uneasy about the start of public school this fall for your child with special needs? Perhaps that uneasiness is a result of dealing with a system that has its own lingo, and, you aren’t familiar with the terms necessary to work that system.
Join me the evening of August 15, 2013, to learn some of the most frequently used buzzwords by the special ed folks at the public school, so you, as an advocate, can better advocate for the child. Schools have been known to not provide services to kids if the parent didn’t use the right words. Don’t let your child be left behind. This 45 minute webinar may make a difference in the program your child gets this year. Click the link below to register. Provided by http://www.theIEPcenter.com