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Posted by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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I am new to this group.  I have a 5 year old son who is on the Autism spectrum.  He is in kindergarten and since the beginning of the year I have been trying to get an IEP for him.  One of my problems is that I am not sure of the type of services that he is in need of, another part is that the school only wants to observe him and not test him.  What tips or advice do other parents have?

 

by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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emarin77
by Gold Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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Have you spoken with the ESE specialist at the school?  Second, has he been registered with the school through the schools psychologist acknowling that your child has Autism?  Have you had any meetings with your sons teacher where she can guide you of where his strengths and weaknesses are?  Having a meeting with the ESE specialist will assist you in what services would be best for your child.

girl_incognito
by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 1:04 PM
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You send the school district's special education director this:

Dear Sped director,


I am writing to you to day to request that a comprehensive evaluation for special education and related services be performed on my son ( insert name) at (insert school) who is in kindergarten. (Insert child's name) has a medical diagnosis of autism and I believe he may benefit from services at school



They have 60 days to test after that... if they deny testing they have to send it to you in writing. They have no grounds not to test because he does have autism. They will test for occupational therapy and speech therapy...remember if you don't put your request in writing it didn't happen, and if they don't put their answers in writing it didn;t happen either LOL... 

KimU
by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 5:33 PM
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Thank you.

newmom1313
by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 6:17 PM

I'm not sure what state you live in, but where I am there is a 90 day timeline from the time you give written request for testing.  Since the child already has a medical diagnosis of AU, then the school would need the doctors evaluation to have a school identification of AU.  There is a HUGE difference in the medical world and educational world as far as testing goes.  The school world DOES recocognize a medical diagnosis of AU, but the psychologist would need a copy of the evaluation from the doctor in order for the school to recognize it.  They will test for related services such as OT and speech, but they have to go through the entire Special Education process first.

girl_incognito
by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 6:19 PM

IDEA states 60 days momma, if your state is saying 90 they are in violation of the federal law.

Quoting newmom1313:

I'm not sure what state you live in, but where I am there is a 90 day timeline from the time you give written request for testing.  Since the child already has a medical diagnosis of AU, then the school would need the doctors evaluation to have a school identification of AU.  There is a HUGE difference in the medical world and educational world as far as testing goes.  The school world DOES recocognize a medical diagnosis of AU, but the psychologist would need a copy of the evaluation from the doctor in order for the school to recognize it.  They will test for related services such as OT and speech, but they have to go through the entire Special Education process first.


dawncs
by Dawn on Apr. 3, 2013 at 6:22 PM

You need to request in writing an evaluation for Special Education services (http://www.wrightslaw.com/) along with an Occupational (OT) and Speach Therapy (ST) evaluations for your son. You need to include his diagnosis in the letter. The school is required to evaluate him and present to you the results. The evaluation will include where he is academically. You can read more about IEPs at http://www.autism-society.org/, http://www.autismspeaks.org/, and http://www.ldonline.org/.

Dawn


Group owner of Different Learners Support Group (http://www.cafemom.com/group/118648)

TheJerseyGirl
by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 7:35 PM
I took a letter from our son's pediatric neurologist and that got the ball rolling!
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maciymommieof3
by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Here is what I had to do...... I had to have him "tested" at Rockwood Early Childhool (based on dx)....after 3 days of testing and a week later after "putting together" all the scores they said he is qualified for services...I live in St. Louis MO-and we are in Rockwood School District (so not sure about you)....But it was reccommended that we go in with his IEP ---not w/an Autism dx but "YCDD"  young child w/developmental delay...the services cover much much more.....good luck

mypbandj
by Jen on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:47 PM

I have a question, if you don't specifically ask for OT or ST, will they not include that in the eval? 

Quoting dawncs:

You need to request in writing an evaluation for Special Education services (http://www.wrightslaw.com/) along with an Occupational (OT) and Speach Therapy (ST) evaluations for your son. You need to include his diagnosis in the letter. The school is required to evaluate him and present to you the results. The evaluation will include where he is academically. You can read more about IEPs at http://www.autism-society.org/, http://www.autismspeaks.org/, and http://www.ldonline.org/.


JTMOM422
by Platinum Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:48 PM

I would recommend talking to your local Autism support group and asking parents there what they did. My son already had a dx but the school did there own for him to enter developmental preschool. I am pretty sure that your son should have an IEP with an Autism dx. Like I said I would check with other parents. You could also check with your state for laws on people with disabilities.

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