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Lugenia - posted on 06/26/2015 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I am having a problem with the school my child attends. I feel she needs special help and they feel differently. How do I advocate for her, or is there a way I can get an advocate to support her and I in making a change for her issues. I was informed by a teacher at the school that she was more behind in her reading than the school has admitted to, but she does not want to jeopardize her position by speaking out. What should I do. I live in Fort Worth Texas.

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Sarah - posted on 06/26/2015

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Shawnn is correct, you need to start with a full assessment. Contact you local public school Department of Special Education and ask for a full assessment to be done. Under the IDEA act, a parent can request an evaluation any time (so don't let anyone tell you you need a doctor to request the eval). It can take some time to get these things done so start now. If your child goes to a private or parochial school, she still can be evaluated by the public school. Once you have those results you will have more to work with as her advocate.
Check out this link:
http://texasprojectfirst.org/ReferralPro...

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Sarah - posted on 07/03/2015

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Just keep following up if you get put off. It took almost six weeks for the evaluations to get done when my son was younger and had a speech delay. Trust your gut, you won't regret having her hearing, speech, cognitive and comprehensive abilities checked out. If all is well, then you get peace of mind and if she needs help the school will have the right information to get services in place.

Lugenia - posted on 07/01/2015

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Sarah you are a godsend, I am looking at the site and taking notes. That site and any other suggestions you may have will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Lugenia - posted on 07/01/2015

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Actually the school first introduced that notion when I went to an ARD meeting. Some of the "professionals" noticed or should I say heard mentioned some behaviors that my granddaughter was displaying and decided that some further observation was needed. Well that was six weeks before school ended for the summer. So two weeks prior to end of school another ARD meeting was held and the results of their observation was that further observation was needed. This will not take place until school starts back after the summer break. In the mean time we are to do what? So I decided I would do some work with her on my own. First I am trying to get all paperwork associated to her from the school. I have already started a binder. By the way, I am not her mother, I am the grandmother, but her mother is involved. Since I am retired I do most of the leg work, but we both attend her meetings. I just want to be prepared when school re-opens.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/26/2015

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If she's been assessed for learning difficulties, she should be having her needs met. If she has not, that is where you need to start.

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