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IEP Question???? UPDATE- I TALKED OT THE SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST

Posted by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:33 PM
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 Hi,

I was wondering if this qualifies for an IEP?  My son has separation anxiety issues, possibly the disorder.  He doesn't lash out or misbehave he just has a problem with being by himself.  He has some irrational/unreasonable fear so he will cry & just kind of have a meltdown.  I've found that in the past instead of adjusting to a situation that involves lots of people he just regresses & gets worse.   

If the school has a Psychologist would it be better to go that route first before requesting an IEP?

UPDATE:  Okay.  I met with the School Psychologist today.  I carried him into school, crying/screaming, & trying to pull me into the other direction before he understood we were going to a room to talk to the Psychologist.  I explained my concerns & issues.  I told her his iq & she claims he's gifted which could be a problem as well, says he'll need counseling in the future.  She said I would need a diagnosis from a doctor for the 504 plan or to bring the diagnosis to the school & possibly they could do something, but that would be needed 1st.  We came up with a plan to allow my foster sister to be weaned out of the class but when she talked to the Principal she refused.  There was other stuff mentioned but of course that's a book.  She did feel that because he was gifted it would be terrible for him to waste his mind by not being in school. 

So now while I pursue the medical diagnosis should I dis-enroll him?

by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:33 PM
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mamakenzi
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:35 PM

I would sit down and talk to his pedi first.  He could direct you.  I believe you will need a diagnosis first.

michelleinfl
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:36 PM

I think you have to have an evaluation or assessment done before instituting an IEP. You should contact your school's social worker or guidance counselor. They can at the very least point you in the right direction.

michelleinfl
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:38 PM

I would go through the school system first as I believe a medical diagnosis would not automatically qualify him for services through the school. The school system will need to do their educational evaluations. I am not 100% sure, but I'd check with them. The school will also do their assessments at no cost to you.

mamakenzi
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:39 PM


Quoting michelleinfl:

I would go through the school system first as I believe a medical diagnosis would not automatically qualify him for services through the school. The school system will need to do their educational evaluations. I am not 100% sure, but I'd check with them. The school will also do their assessments at no cost to you.

I was just thinking the doctor could point her in the right direction and refer her to the appropriate specialists to get the child all the help he needs.

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cherokeelady64
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:42 PM

 IEP are most of the time used with special ed students.

mommy2cristian
by Silver Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:55 PM

 

Quoting mamakenzi:

I would sit down and talk to his pedi first.  He could direct you.  I believe you will need a diagnosis first.

 She couldn't.  She said it wasn't her area of expertise but it didn't sound like Autism, more mental.  She referred him to Psychiatry but it's not covered under his insurance so I contacted Harbor Regional which is a place that tests kids for Autsim, Mental Retardation, & something else.  He didn't have anything but the Psychologist said he seemed to have issues with Separation Anxiety.  She referred him to Mental Health but I had to wait for her report to help wit the matter & the worker who was handling his case dragged her feet so by the time I got it school was set to start in 2 weeks.  I was hoping things would go well in school or not that bad.  That wasn't the case. 

So now I'm trying to decide if I should contact the School Psychologist first, contact Mental Health, or request an IEP?

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by Bronze Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:57 PM

I wouldn't think an IEP would be needed, but a discussion with his teacher and possibly the counselor would not hurt.

mommy2cristian
by Silver Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:58 PM

 

Quoting mamakenzi:


Quoting michelleinfl:

I would go through the school system first as I believe a medical diagnosis would not automatically qualify him for services through the school. The school system will need to do their educational evaluations. I am not 100% sure, but I'd check with them. The school will also do their assessments at no cost to you.

I was just thinking the doctor could point her in the right direction and refer her to the appropriate specialists to get the child all the help he needs.

 It's okay. :)  I went that route first but she wasn't any help.  I understood because she doesn't do mental or behavioral health.  I'm going to try contacting teh School Psychologist

AzariahsMother
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:59 PM

My DD has and IEP.  My suggestion would be to talk with his teacher first and ask what things she notices in school.  Then I would talk to the school counselor and say... you know teacher is seeing this, I am seeing this, what can we do.  

It's VERY hard to get an IEP and depending on your sons age it might be more difficult. 

mommy2cristian
by Silver Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:00 PM

 

Quoting cherokeelady64:

 IEP are most of the time used with special ed students.

 that's what i thought but it seems to be a gray area when it comes to special needs students. 

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