Preschool testing for SPD?

Ashley - posted on 12/18/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )




My son is 4. He has always needed "extra attention". He has always had a hard time with overstimulation and I have always been able to give him what he needs. I am very careful if we are in an environment that is too loud or has lots of lights or whatever, to listen to his cues and if he wants to leave, we leave. His preschool has approached me about special ed testing - with an emphasis on SPD and possible language delay. They say he is very high cognitavely, but he has had such a hard time with behavioral outbursts and they feel this testing could give us somewhere to start. When I looked up SPD I was shocked. The checklist fit my son's behaviors like a glove. I started to think "WOW - there are other kids out there like him." I want to know from parents who have been there, what can I expect with his testing and if he is diagnosed? Thanks so much.


Armanda - posted on 12/19/2010




Hi Ashley,
My son will be 3 in January and will be aging out of the state's early intervention program. He recently went through the school district testing process to see if he will qualify for special education. ( He did not. ) A lot of people are involved in the process- parents, child, school nurse, school social worker, principal/vice principal, preschool teacher, speech therapist, occupational therapist, and who ever else they think should evaluate your son. Basically what happens is that a your child will go to the school for a play based assessment. He may also be sent for a hearing or vision screening if that is deemed necessary. There is also alot of parent interviewing. I had to fill out a sensory profile for my son. After the evaluation is over, the school will contact you for an IEP ( individualized education plan ) meeting. At the meeting you go over the results of the evaluations. Based on the results of the evaluations, your son may or may not qualify for special education services. If he does not, then the meeting is over. If he does, then the meeting will continue to discuss what types of accomidations/therapy will be available to him. After that, the IEP team will meet several times to discuss progress, and continuting educational needs. Talk to the preschool teacher or person in charge of special education. They can expalin the whole process to you, and answer any questions you might have. They can also provide you with information about your rights under the law. Also, if your son does not qualify for services now, but concerns regarding his education continue to arise, you can always request to have him re-evaluated. I hope this is helpful. Good luck to you.

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