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.