How can I get special education services for my son?

Heather - posted on 03/04/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 5-year-old son is on the autism spectrum and also has bi-polar disorder. Communication wise he is high functioning. He has sensory issues and behavior problems as well as Tourette's syndrome which is controlled with medication, a lot of medication. His symptoms are severe enough that we have had a problem finding a doctor to treat him. He had a 3 day evaluation for special education last month. He was having a very good week and he did very well during the evaluation. Not to mention it was a calm environment with only women around, no kids, no unfamiliar men, no noise. In fact he did so well that he was turned down for special education services, despite recomendations from his pediatrition, psychiatrist and two therapists! I know I can appeal the decision and I know when they try to put him in a regular class he will have problems. I don't want to wait untill he has a bad experience at school to get him help. Any suggestions?

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Christy - posted on 03/04/2012

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Appeal it. Also if you can, video his behavior (if they will consider that in another eval). Talk to the person(s) that are responsible for the "final decision" in the meantime, too. Tell them what you have said here, and have DR's recommendations in hand.

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