Eligibility: SELECTIVE MUTISM BUT EXITED FROM IEP BECAUSE ON GRADE LEVEL,

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Beng:  My daughter does not talk in school (since preschool). My daughter exited her IEP (Developmental Delay) as soon as she entered kindergarten. According to the team, she’s performing on grade level although she’s not talking or just whispers. Few months in kindergarten, I was referred by the guidance counselor to contact UNLV school re: selective mutism. To make the story short, she’s diagnosed with selective mutism and social phobia. She has presently has 504 plans with a “”FEW”” accommodations only and I am not sure if accommodations are being done as I am not in school all day (no way for me to know). I read a lot about IEP for children with selective mutism. I wonder if it’s a good idea to contact the school psychologist, speech pathologist again to re-evaluate her and give her IEP. The reason she EXITED according to them is she is perfoming on grade level but basically my daughter’s teacher cannot assess her (all her skills are DOES NOT MEET.). Question is, can they give my child IEP again? I am worried that they will retain my child since they cannot assess her.

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Hello,

My daughter is going to Kindergarten this September and she has select mutism. I would keep the IEP for her. My daughter does NOT even talk to my own father who she sees at least 2 times a week. NOT one word. Just make sure that your kid is not being tested with verbally. If they do have to have an oral test, maybe you can do it yourself on a camera phone and send it to the teacher electronically. I just thought about that the other day.

I am a teacher and have seen this in the past. Don’t force your daughter to talk. This only makes it worse. Best of luck!

Beng –

You CAN ask that your daughter be reevaluated for special education eligibility. Unfortunately, it sounds like the school doesn’t really know how to meet your child’s needs.

Your best bet may be to have your child independently evaluated by someone who is familiar with her condition and how to service kids like her in a school environment, and then providing those results to the school. I suggest that you network with selective mutism organizations in your area to find such an evaluator.

If you cannot arrange for such an evaluation (it may be costly), you may have a right to an independent evaluation at public expense.

Here are some organizations that I suggest you connect with:

#1 your local parent center (http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/) for help understanding your special education rights, including independent evaluations

#2 your local parent to parent program (http://www.p2pusa.org/p2pusa/SitePages/p2p-support.aspx) for help finding selective mutism support

#3 your local P2P health info center (http://www.fv-ncfpp.org/f) for help understanding how to access medical and therapeutic options for your daughter

It appears you are in Las Vegas. I suggest you contact the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. The number is 702~386~1070. They are located on E. Charleston.

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