From the begining

Discussion in 'Special Ed 101' started by garrison, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. garrison

    garrison New Member

    I'm sure this info is posted somewhere but quite frankly I don't have the time to do the seach!
    I have a couple of basic questions. Pls help!

    1. Who do I send the request of evaluation. form to?
    2. How do I know what my child needs in school? He is very different from school to home in his actions

    Thanks!! All advice and links to other info is so appreciated!

  2. buddy

    buddy New Member

    Send the request to the principal of the school and the director/coordinator of special education. Send both copies registered, return receipt. Here is a sample request from PACER a parent advocacy group and my advocate (disability law center) says to add a two week time line for a response so where it says I understand you will send an assessment plan, add I look forward to hearing from you by (date). Many of us think you should add "covering all areas of ability, achievement, motor, communication, and behavior" because it is often difficult to know what is driving a situation so it is better to check everything. The school may disagree. (there are cases where this is not needed, when it is clear there is not a need like if a child is having problems saying a certain sound etc.) If you suspect Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) then specificially ask for an autism specialist to be a part of the team.
    (sorry I did not look up your story so am just throwing everything out there)

    Principal’s Name
    School Name
    School Address
    Reference: Student’s Name
    DOB: Student’s date of birth
    School: Name of School and enrolled grade
    Dear XXXXXXX:
    I am writing to you because my child is experiencing difficulties in school.
    My child is having difficulties with XXX (provide detailed information on problems, including specifics such as grades, test
    scores, teacher comments, observations, reports from doctors, etc.)
    For these reasons, I believe that it is crucial for CHILD’S NAME to be evaluated. I understand that you will send me an
    evaluation plan explaining the tests that may be given to my child. Once you receive my approval for the evaluation, would
    you please let me know when the evaluation will be scheduled?
    I would also appreciate any other information you have regarding the evaluation, how eligibility is determined, and the
    general Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.
    If you need more information, please call me at home (your home phone) or at work (your work phone).
    Thank you very much for your kind assistance. I look forward to your prompt reply.
    Your name
    Your contact information

    Most kids are different from home to school so just state the issues at school and dont emphasize the differences for now so no one can say it is your child's "choice" because obviously difficult child can handle it in other settings. ONCE you are assessing if that difference leads to a clue as to the nature of the problem, (like in a quiet home they do better or in a structured school they do better etc.) then bring that up at the time of assessment, in my humble opinion.

    Good luck!