If you submit a written request to have your child evaluated, you don’t need to explain why and you don’t have to wait for months’ worth of meetings and interventions.
Federal law says all you have to do is ask. So, if you ask and start getting peppered with questions about the “why” of it all, say whatever you want. Make your intentions clear. The law says you don’t have to say a thing.
Once you submit the request, the school has 15 days to present you with an assessment plan, 90 days to conduct the evaluation and hold an individualized education meeting, the IEP meeting.
You can learn a lot by reading this article, You Don't Know What You Don't Know, Part 1. The Special Education Referral. Asking for Help the Smart Way.
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