Question regarding SD evaluation (m)

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-31-2003
Question regarding SD evaluation (m)
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 2:07pm
New to asperger's and this board! Hi!!! So glad to find a place to ask the questions that pop up!

My DS is currently undergoing a special education evaluation through our school district. Although he has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, they are insisting that in their eval they find that he is Emotionally Impaired and that although there are red flags in the AS area, they aren't finding that to be the problem.

Why would they insist on EI as opposed to AI? I am very suspicious of them as we have had trouble getting "cooperation" from them in the past.

Is there any reason I should insist on them listening to the results of our independent evaluation?

What are your thoughts/experiences, if any on this?

Thanks in advance!


iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 04-01-2003 - 9:27am
Yes, there is reason to argue. mostly depending on what kinds of services they are suggesting. Typically things that work for ASD (autism spectrum disorder) kids don't with emotionally disturbed (ED) kids and vice versa. Also, if they were considering an ED placement (would he be mainstreamed or in a special class?) AS (Asperger syndrome) kids are by nature nieve and can be easy targets for ED kids. Although they may have many similar symptoms (social difficulties), AS and ED are qualitatively different.

When my dd was first evaled by the school we had a similar problem. In our defence we had a long standing ASD diagnosis. The problem was the school teacher filling out many of the evals was not at all familar with ASD and insisted my dd was manipulative and decietful. She could not see the real reasons behind my dd's behavior.

That being said, you can tell the district that you don't agree with their findings and request and Independent assessment. You will have good reason for it since you have a medical diagnosis of AS which is in contrast to their findings.