Missouri school advocate: LD student needs doctor tests first?

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”.Image
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.

Did school IEP meeting plan for fall 2013?

Many schools conduct spring IEP meetings for students.  Usually the people at this meeting are the current staffers who work with the child.  However, in the fall some students will be in a different building or different program.  Was this taken into consideration for your child’s IEP?

Was someone from the future building/program invited to the IEP meeting?  Was opportunity provided for your child to preview the new facility/program? or arrangements made to do so before the start of school in the fall?

Other things to consider:

  • bus scenario different? driver? pick up time? drop-off time?
  • lunch scenario different? menus?
  • different para? 
  • different nurse?
  • rules/expectations in new building different?  does IEP override those?

Advocates at The IEP Center support parents with IEP meetings, and, when issues in IEP meetings become redundant, The IEP Center advocates support parents in mediation, which states offer a free mediator.  The IEPCenter.com