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if you want an evaluation for your child do you go with the school board

he's behind the rest of the kids in class and his ped just wants to give him pills

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:33 AM on Sep. 25, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • Meds aren't always the answer, i'd get him in sports, counseling, and tutoring first!

    Answer by MommaRox4683 at 11:43 AM on Sep. 25, 2009

  • How old is he & how behind is he? Is the teacher concerned? If so, have you met w/the teacher to discuss her observations regarding the possible reasons why your child is struggling? (eg..fidgety, attentional issues, poor processing, needs more practice, etc.). Have you also discussed possible strategies that can be implemented to give your child extra help? If you've already talked w/the teacher & tried classroom strategies w/o success, then it is time to request a formal evaluation through the district. Make your request in writing to the building principal and "cc" it to the district's director of special education services. Depending on what state you live in, your timeline can vary, so I would look up your state's special edcuation laws, as well as IDEA, Act 504 and FAPE. Your child may have a learning disability or he may have something else going on. Feel free to contact me for more help or if you have more questions.

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 12:35 PM on Sep. 25, 2009

  • mom2aspclboy said it all!!

    Answer by ohwrite at 12:54 PM on Sep. 25, 2009

  • You go to the school counselor and the principal not directly to the board. They can get him tested. They work with the teacher and the parents to discuss alternatives to meds.

    Answer by admckenzie at 1:23 PM on Sep. 25, 2009

  • I would find out the district's policy on evaluation's (usually in your child's handbook or on the website of the local BOE).  I would go from there. 
    mom2aspclboy also made some good points. 
    My son was evaluated through his old school a few years back and we also had him evaluated this summer through an independent licensed clinical psychologist and his new school accepted that evaluation as well.  
    Having a good, open line of communication with your child's teacher is, IMO, one of the most important things.  They can be one of your biggest allies throughout the process. is a good source of information


    Answer by Melindakc at 1:58 PM on Sep. 25, 2009

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