My 10-year-old has just been diagnosed as ADHD, OCD, anxiety, and Tourette’s Disorder. His doctor has recommended a parapro. Should we get an IEP or 504? I need to know how to proceed if I need to “fight” for this for my son.
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If you haven’t already read Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, I highly recommend it.
I would never agree to a parent fighting the public school for their child’s education. You never hear of a fight where both participants win and a child’s education is a risky thing to put on the line.
My wife and I purchased the book mentioned above as well as The Special Education Law book.
We began learning how to advocate for our son when he was in middle school. He currently has a 3.87 GPA in college and is his own advocate these days. It is worthwhile to understand the difference between a 504 and an IEP and the book talks about the importance of SMART goals in an IEP.
An evaluation should be done but I would not pay for an outside evaluation to start.
You should request an evaluation from the school & then sign the school’s consent form immediately. [Read more →]