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Am I Doing The Right Thing By Not Promptly Responding To The School's Request? Right Now I Don't Feel That What They Want Is Justified.

Am I Doing The Right Thing By Not Promptly Responding To The School's Request? Right Now I Don't Feel That What They Want Is Justified.

My son was just recently diagnosed with Asperger's. So recently in fact, that we don't even have the final comprehensive report from the evaluation team yet. Kirk already has an IEP for speech and the school staff knew that we were having him evaluated for ASD. My husband arranged a meeting just to update them and he provided them with a brief 1 page summary recommending an IEP to include goals for social interaction skills, self monitoring, OT consult, etc. A week later the school… read more

A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Write a respectful note to your son's teacher and cc the psychologist. Explain that you do not understand why you received this questionaire and request an explanation. Also keep of copy of all coorespondance. Not because you will go to the next step... but because they will then know you are a parent that knows the rules and is ready to advocate. Read the book "From Emotions to Advocacy".

posted over 9 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Our experience was that even though my son was diagnosed by an outside source, the school wanted to do their own evaluation to determine if the ASD was impacting him educationally. We all know the answer to that.

Depending on the complexity of the full evaluation you provide the school may still want their own testing. Sounds like they are being thorough but in reality it may delay your son receiving services.

As for the Conner's, that is one of the many questionnaires we received. I wouldn't read too much into it. It seems like the place the school starts with any boy who is having problems. If you know that this is not at all your son's issue, you can answer the questions accordingly.

Good Luck and remember this is a marathon not a sprint. Pace yourself and the more you learn the more you will be able to help your son.

posted over 9 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

@A MyAutismTeam Member I think you would be doing the right thing to wait until you have received and reviewed your son's full evaluation. I certainly don't know the background/training of your school psychologist but I think whoever is doing your son's full evaluation is likely much more qualified at making the right diagnosis.It's obvious that our public school system is pressured to do everything they can to keep our son in the system. He was only diagnosed as ASD earlier this year and only by info from friends and researching on my own did I discover that Ohio has a generous scholarship program which helps ASD students pay for a school geared more towards their needs. When I informed the public school that we were moving him out of the public system they were very upset. I explained that in my opinion they had tried so many techniques with our son and we had dealt with it for 3+ years with the public school.I didn't see any point in keeping him in a system that doesn't work for ASD kids (at least many of them). By losing him as a student they will also lose extra funding they had been receiving. It's sad that many schools have similar thinking rather than concerning themselves with what is truly best for our kids. It sure can be overwhelming when different people are giving you different recommendations about your child.In the end we all want what is best for our kids, but too many people think they have a simple solution to what are very complex problems.

edited, originally posted over 9 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

the questionair helps them pin point where to observe what you child is having trouble with,,,my childs doctor wouldn't even look at giving him meds until she seen he connors quiz...adhd, ADD, all the disorders are apart of the spectrum... just keep on them, fight every step of the way. ask tons of questions... research your butt off. the school will realize real quick that your no dummy... they actually like it when parents are actively involved...

posted over 9 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Thanks everyone. I am planning to to send an email tomorrow requesting an explanation/clarification. After several years in law enforcement and almost 15 years in healthcare, I have learned to be diligent in documenting all correspondence. Sill waiting for his comprehensive eval. It's been 3 weeks to the day : (

posted over 9 years ago
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