but, is low IQ a reason for Special Education?? My L was recently denied for sp ed. She showed mostly average with a few low average scores which I guess you can say is her potential?? But she is struggling with reading and math. In particular she has trouble telling time, counting money and decoding words, she can only read sight words she knows. She is in 3rd grade. I've been reading up on reading problems and I'm not even sure I should be pushing for sp ed anymore, I've read that sp ed doesn't do well with reading. The school is a good school, they have her in take out with a reading specialist several times a week, She also has anxiety problems and they have placed her with an incredible teacher that has been way above and beyond helpful and gentle with her yet she still struggles even with the support. So, I guess my questions are, how would you go about proving she needs sp ed and would you even try to get her in sp ed? The reading concerns me the most at this point. At this time she has a 504, she is given Occupational Therapist (OT) and this year started counseling for the anxiety.