Help/Questions about PPT

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Registered: 10-03-2003
Help/Questions about PPT
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Fri, 03-12-2010 - 4:48pm

For the past month my son has been going through testing/evaluation by the school; the follow up

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Fri, 03-12-2010 - 9:21pm

Hi,


The school can do testing for Learning Disabilities, but that is it. They cannot test or evaluate for ADHD( they actually cannot even mention ADHD, it violates federal law). For a Diagnosis you will need a Neuropsychologist to do an evaluation.


Our meeting consisted of Myself, the principal, Special Ed director and all of DD's teachers. We discussed what her issues were, and found a solution. I did receive a copy of the test results prior to the meeting, and I provided them with the Psych report containing her full diagnosis, and the testing done by the Neuropsych. In our case the Diagnosis was key in getting services.


www.wrightslaw.com is a very informative site, and can help guide you thru the process


there is also a Board here at Ivillage, Special education board, and they are very informed and helpful

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Mon, 03-15-2010 - 9:43am

Legally, you have to receive a copy of the testing report before the meeting; I don't remember what the time-frame is legally, ours usually shows up 1-3 days before the meeting.

They can't do a medical diagnosis; they CAN do an educational diagnosis. For US, they ran the Connors test/survey & recommended we go talk to our pediatrician. They also did tons of other testing, which meant we didn't have to have it all redone by the medical professionals, happily enough. MY school system mentions & discusses ADHD; it clearly varies from place to place, though I know they won't bring it up first, they're clearly willing to talk about it!

The meeting experience varies completely from person to person. Do you have someone (husband, friend) going with you? There's articles about it all on the wright's law website, those can be useful if it's your first time. Testing results: generically, don't look at the overall score, pay attention to weird-seeming sub-scores, especially if there's a pattern where you've got a lot of high ones and one or two low ones. THAT is the LD (or sign of ADHD, depending!)

Good luck!

Megan
Megan
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Registered: 10-03-2003
Mon, 03-15-2010 - 9:43am
Thank you so much, I appreciate it.
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Registered: 10-03-2003
Mon, 03-15-2010 - 10:24am
Thanks a lot Megan, I truly appreciate your help.