My son is Re-peating kindergarten. We had moved prior to school finishing april 2013. In his previous school he was getting reevaluated for special ed services because he was not doing as well as they hoped with a 1 on 1 aid. BUT during that process we moved
AT this other school however.. I am having so much difficulty getting him the help he had atvthe previous school.
Well during the summer I was able to get some referrals from his dr to the school for a psychoeducational eval & for speech &… read more
Okay, here's what you need to do…Call, send and email, and write two letters requesting that your son's prior school document the results, findings & recommendations as they relate to the completed areas of his evaluation; document services & specialized instruction he received;issue a Transfer-In-State form. Bring both letters to the prior school & hand deliver one copy to his former counselor, case manager, or SPED Director. Have this individual sign & date the second letter, you keep this letter. Before departing, call this individual from your cell to reiterate all that took place, then have them document the date & time of the call also on your letter. Make sure your hand written letters & emails request that both you & your son's new school receive copies of these documents.-Next, inform your son's new school of all that transpired in the same manner (email, 2 hand written letters, cell phone). Include your request to view & make copies of all his records (be very specific). Tell them to consider your call, email & letter as formal requests to have your son evaluated for Specific Learning Disability, Other Health Impaired, Autism, OT/PT, Assistive Technology, Functional Behavior, Vision, Hearing, etc... Remember to have your letter signed & dated upon delivering their copy, including the cellphone call.-Since your son received services & specialized instruction at his former school & his new school has knowledge of these facts, they must provide your son with comparable services & instruction beginning on the first day of school. Then the school must schedule a Review of Existing Data meeting and notify you at least 14 days in advance by phone, email, & postal service. If you cannot attend the RED meeting on the scheduled date, the school is required to reschedule, even if you notify them on the day of. This will not affect the services your son should already be receiving.-You may volunteer to bring documentation from your son's physician that supports diagnoses, physical health & individualized needs. However, the school may not require these things from you. If the school's policy is to receive documentation from a physician, they can do so, BUT AT NO COST TO THE PARENT.-I nearly forgot, just in case the school finds your son ineligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) after you all examine his evaluation results, immediately request (right then and there) for Section 504 on the basis of medical diagnoses, perceived diagnoses, regarded as once having said diagnoses; that his symptoms are both episodic & in remission; that despite mitigating measures/factors, his ability to learn, focus, task initiation & completion, develop relationships, access longterm/rote memory, effectively communicate,…adversely affect educational access, achievement, progress & overall success.Learn IDEA, 504, NCLB, FAPE, FERPA for starters. Sorry for rambling.hope this all makes sense & helps.
If they still give you trouble or you need help there are services that you can get that will go with you. Depending on the State you live in they are called different things. Check out your local Autism Community online find parent partners also check out the county where you are for help and services and the Board of Education can go over the schools heads and are involved in making decisions
You can also take it to the State level if you are getting nowhere after all of this that @A MyAutismTeam Member said to do.
Unless your son's evaluations and IEP were completed before you moved his current school is going to have to do their evaluation process...there are specific timelines that they can't go beyond, but they can however go right to the 60 or 90 day limit, though you are try to propose nicely to get it done faster, schedule the next meeting at the end of each meeting. You doctor has NO baring on educational decisions, and can not write a prescription for anything as far as the school is conserned. You can do private evals (which your doctor would have to provide medically necessity for) and private OT and Speech, but that is completely separate from the school. The school MIGHT be able to use some of the other evals to help the process move faster.
But also rest assured that if your son needs help he is getting help, especially in kindergarten many students are serviced by special education teachers/paras without any formal IEP...they may have used the term RTI (response to intervention) which is when they put specific interventions in place to see if they work and if they do they can be written in a plan/accomedations.
Keep the lines of communication open and ongoing. Try to trust the school, set up dates for meetings in advance and make sure to stay in contact about the process to make sure they stick to meeting dates (though there are some circumstances that dates may need to change). good luck
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