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Has Anyone Been Turned Down For Speech, Occupational Therapy, Etc. Because They Just Say He Doesn't Need Any Services?

Has Anyone Been Turned Down For Speech, Occupational Therapy, Etc. Because They Just Say He Doesn't Need Any Services?

A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Do you mean in school? It all goes back to whether your child is making effective progress or not. "Related services," like speech, OT, PT, APE, etc are meant to serve as a means of helping support special education teachers in allowing the student access to the general curriculum as appropriate (Free and Appropriate Public Education). Your child can still have delays but if he/she is making effective progress, the related services may not be warranted. It's tricky. School-based related services are different from clinical services in that they are NOT remedial services, they are meant to use the specialists' skills & training to provide the accommodations and modifications needed for the student to access the curriculum and make effective progress. Does that make sense? I'm not sure how this all applies to your situation, but it's what the law says...

posted over 9 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Have you had any outside evaluations done? Hired an advocate and/or attorney? With tight budgets, schools are trying to deny as many children they can and only the squeaky wheels are getting the grease. It's super-aggravating that we parents need to be so pushy in order to get the services to which our children are legally entitled.

posted over 9 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

I have a 6 yr. old daughter with ADHD, social issues and sensory issues. I think she is Aspergers, but the school won't give her that label. Her outside doctor says she has "characteristics of" Aspergers. I have also been teaching young children with Autism for 15 yrs. When I attended her IEP, the school was trying to give her a 504 (which is basically no services, just classroom accommodations) than the IEP. I became very aggressive and advocated for my daughter and she is currently on an IEP and receives OT, PT (for low muscle tone), speech therapy (for pragmatic language) and special education services. Advocate for your child!

posted over 9 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

My son was not approved for services because he made As in class.....they didnt like his behavior , but his grades were fine, so they punished him instead....

posted over 9 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

I am currently pushing for occupational therapy at school for my son..they consider this an optional service but that's not what the DR said..They said wo the correct therapy in addition to his special ed services it will not continue to help him suceed in HS. he is only one grade away. they do not like spending their time money or recources on our children here. I am and always had to be his advocate! You can do it but dont let red tape stop you..If someone is not listening there is always someone above them!

posted over 9 years ago
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