Redo whole evaluation every time something new is added to IEP?!
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|Mon, 11-26-2012 - 1:17pm|
Ugh, I'm frustrated with our school system yet again. My youngest son has had an IEP with the school system since age 3. He's 9 now. He is what is considered "twice-exceptional" (he has hyperlexia and ADHD which is the "once exceptional" but is also gifted academically, thus "twice-exceptional". Anyway, we've had quite a few battles with the school system through the years b/c apparently they have never encountered a kid like him who has challenges and strenghts. I guess they're used to kids having an IEP either for gifted OR for special needs, but not both.
So, that's the short-version of our background. My son recently started taking piano at the beginning of the year and is pretty good at it! (Better than I ever was, LOL). His piano teacher encouraged us to have him try out for the "talented music" program through the school so we've begun that process. He passed their initial screening and is now waiting to find out when his state screening will be. Last week, out of nowhere, I get a "notice for re-evaluation" in the mail. He's not due for his 3-year eval so I was perplexed. Written in as the reason was " re-evaluation for speech, OT, and gifted/ initial music".
I called and of course most everyone was out for the holidays but the receptionist told me that because we have a new "concern" (the talented music), that the process is "opened up" again. I'm now waiting for the case leader to call me back. This doesn't make sense to me! WHY do they need to redo the whole testing and evaulation process just because one thing MIGHT be added (IF he passes the state screening for music).
Has anyone experienced this before? Seems like a waste of resources to redo this whole process! I assume their logic is that if they can cut some of his services by showing through the new evaluation that he no longer needs them, that it will be worth it. Argh.