I explained that schools are only responsible for determining if Jacob was eligible for one of their programs. As a private clinician, I conduct diagnostic assessments and I’m free to recommend the necessary services that will improve Jacob’s functioning, but district personnel can only recommend the services they offer.
According to federal law, schools are required to identify all areas of suspected disability, but considering that they conduct minimal evaluations, they overlook many deficits. If you’re unsatisfied with the district’s assessment, request an independent educational evaluation (IEE). The district may have a list of their preferred providers, but you can choose your own.
Just let me say right here that I'm suspicious of evaluators who are on the "approved" list for districts. They might be competent and ethical, but I was concerned. I was never on the list. I made it very clear that my client was my first responsibility and not the person who paid the fee. I didn't trust the "implied" cooperation in being asked to be on their list. No thanks...
You may need to have an advocate or a special education attorney help you obtain an IEE because they are reluctant to spend money on assessments. Oh sure, they'll spend a fortune on attorneys' fees to keep you from getting what your child needs, but they'll resist you with everything they've got to keep from paying for an assessment to determine your child's actual needs. I imagine that they see it as paying for someone to beat them up. The Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates can help you locate support.
Educate yourself and get as far as you can and learn the system as you go. I'm right there with you....Claudia
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