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|Sun, 09-14-2003 - 12:37pm|
The teacher brought in the school psychologist and she performed the Achenbach test. That was it. No updates, no phone calls to me, Nothing. At that time, I was ignorant of my rights as a parent (or that I had any rights at all) and I let it go. Over the summer, We went into action. First, we saw a Neurologist who performed several medical tests (blood, MRI, CT scans, etc) to rule out any medical conditions. Next, she sent us to a Adolescent Neoro-Psychologist. He performed several Cognitive tests. By the end of summer, we had a 10 page report from the Neuro-Psych. final prognosis: Combined Type ADHD. The Psych recommended a "Teacher Consultant" (?? Aide?) be assigned to help him in the classroom. and put him on Adderall 10 MG.
NOW....on to the real issue... THE SCHOOLS! I went to the Assistant Principal the week before school started (I had only just received the report back from the Neuro-Psych.) She promised that the first week of school, we would have a meeting with his new teacher and discuss the report. First day of school starts, I introduce myself to the teacher, and basically got the attitude "Yes, I was told that you wanted to meet with me, but I just do not have the time to be bothered with that right now, my daughter is getting married this Friday" That was almost verbatim what she Said to me!
Needless, to say, I marched right up to the Principal's office, who Stuck up for the Teacher! The next day I started out with a call to the District Superintendant's office. He was wonderful, and told me to request a classroom placement change, and that he would support me in every way. I got the placement change (after an argument from the Assist principal That it "was not necessary" until I told her that the Supintendant agreed with me that it "WAS NECESSARY". She was not happy that I had contacted the Superintendant) I am very happy with the new teacher. Hers is the only 3rd grade class (of 4) that has an Aide.
Now, I am faced with an upcoming IEP meeting with a board of professionals that I am sure already view me as a "Thorn in their side". The school Psychologist already informed me
in the "Child Study" session on Friday that the "Resource room" at the school was already full, and that Ty would have to be bussed to another school to get the "Teacher consultant" help that the Neuro-Psych recommends, and she wants to "avoid that at all costs"
I mentioned that Ty could use an updated Audiogram. (he was born with a cleft in the soft palate, and has been through 4 sets of tubes) The assistant principal just said "Yes, have that done and have the results released to the school" I found out yesterday that That is not my responsibility!! It is the responsibilty of the school to arrange for the tests!
I am so sorry this got so long, I am just so overwhelmed with all of this, and I know that it is Just the Beginning!
My main question is this: I have searched on the internet, and have found several sites with inforamtion about special ed, IEP's, 504 and IDEA....However, everywhere I look, there are 20 weblinks that lead to another 20 weblinks, and .pdf files with 500 pages worth of legisaltion and articles ...AARGH! information overload! Is there a booklet out there that will explain to me in "layman's terms" just exactly what my rights are, and help me to find the best solution for my son. I want to be able to go to that IEP meeting armed and ready! What sorts of things can I ask for? What sorts of things might help him? I am in Mid-Michigan.
Thanks for ANY Help you can impart.