Eligibility: ADHD DIAGNOSIS BY PSYCHOLOGIST NOT ACCEPTED

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Sarah:  Is it legal, or are there any legal precedents, for a school district to mandate that an ADHD diagnosis can only be made by a pediatrician or medical doctor, rather than a fully licensed psychologist, when requesting special education services? A school district in my state (NJ) recently told a parent they would not accept a diagnosis of ADHD made by a psychologist because they only accept ADHD diagnoses made by a medical doctor.

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IDEA does not address who can diagnose conditions under other health impaired, so each state determines this. If you need help in finding your state rules, your state parent training & information center can help you. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/

If psychologists are licensed by the state to make psychodiagnoses, such as ADHD, how can a school district limit that scope of practice?

The state rules may say that the diagnosis must be done by a medical doctor, & then define medical in a way that excludes some psychologists.

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