When Parents Ask for An Evaluation

I suspect that my child needs special education services. I verbally asked for an evaluation. I was told that parents can no longer make requests for their child to be evaluated. Is this true?

The short answer is NO!

[author] [author_info]MyChild’s Advocate, Inc. is a company that helps develop your child’s medical, diagnostic, and educational records. They also provide IEP coaching and attendance at any or all IEP or school meetings. They will work with you to determine what school placement fits your child’s needs. In addition, they locate sources of therapy, doctors, organizations, support groups, or any other sources of help for you and your family. MyChild’s Advocate, Inc. Lauren Morris, MSLIS PO Box 163148 Altamonte Springs, Fl 32716-3148 www.my-childsadvocate.com Lauren@my-childsadvocate.com another wonderful resource is www.theiepadvocate.com  [/author_info] [/author] According the the law, Child Find, a child who has met eligibility must be re-evaluated every 3 years, and the child can be evaluated at the request of the parent at any time.  Be sure to put your request in writing. Address the letter to the school principal. In the letter state your concerns and areas that you feel need to be evaluated.  Be sure to write that you are formally requesting an evaluation for your child to determine eligibility for special education.