If someone cannot function in class, how is it...

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If someone cannot function in class, how is it...
Sun, 10-31-2010 - 8:47pm

that they do not qualify for support?

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Mon, 11-01-2010 - 1:52pm

I agree with Paula that it is just one person's opinion and sometimes even professionals are wrong.

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Registered: 06-25-2003
Mon, 11-01-2010 - 7:31am

She is one person, and that is one opinion. When you child is evaluated for school, he will be seen by several people, and there will be many tests, not just of his IQ.


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Registered: 01-25-2007
Mon, 11-01-2010 - 4:10am

Part of the issue is that schools are not required to provide services unless the child is impacted academically. For my son that was a real fight because he was very bright, but he did have behavior problems and major melt downs in the classroom so he eventually did get an IEP. If your son is bright and doesn't have any behavior issues, your therapist is right. It will be very hard to get services. The hardest thing to come to terms with on this journey is the realization that our goals and the school's goals are VERY different. We want our kids to be all they can be, help them with every weakness, highlight every strength. The school wants to give them an adequate education with as little fuss as possible and pass them on to the next level. It's harsh to say but they really have no emotional investment in your child at all. You will get caring teachers along the way but you will also get morons who really shouldn't be allowed within 10 feet of a child. Also speech therapy and OT provided by the school is not the same as what is provided by a private therapist. My son's speech therapy in school consisted of the speech teacher watching him talk to other children on the play ground. She never once spoke to my son. If your son becomes disengaged during class this will like affect his grades, particularly when he gets older so you might be able to correlate his performance to his need for services at that point.

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Registered: 06-25-2005
Sun, 10-31-2010 - 10:24pm

Your ds should, in fact, qualify for services.

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Registered: 09-27-2007
Sun, 10-31-2010 - 10:24pm

Well, the truth is....the school's don't want to have to pay.

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