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    What do I expect while at one? Cody is still struggling at school a lot almost daily the pediatrician recommended it for ADHD testing and possible learning disabilities testing. How much time would I expect to be at an evaluation? An hour or more? Less than an hour? Does it depend?

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    Who is the evaluation with? Is this in a medical setting, or at school?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwenn View Post
    Who is the evaluation with? Is this in a medical setting, or at school?
    Its at a therapy office, with I am thinking someone who is a licensed therapist or has a P.H.D.

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    Cody is in school now, right? If so, if you request him to be evaluated through the school system, it will be done during school hours.

    You and his teachers will complete behavioral eating scales to assess for ADHD. The scales ask several questions and simply rate how Cody responds on a daily basis.

    For the LD evaluation, an IQ test and achievement tests in the area of concern (usually reading, math, and/or written language) are given to the student. However, many folks like to wait until at least 2nd or 3rd grade to evaluate for an LD disability.

    How old is he? To answer your question, it depends on how many assessments are administered.

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    Not sure if it would be one person or several based on what you posted, but I would assume 2-3 hours as a wild guess, depending on who they were and what kind of testing they do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeptemberMom View Post
    Cody is in school now, right? If so, if you request him to be evaluated through the school system, it will be done during school hours.
    Yes, particularly for the LD evaluation I would think that would be the first place to go unless you had already contacted them and didn't like how they were handling things. I'm not sure a licensed therapist would even be qualified to evaluate for LD ... A child psychologist would but you'd need one that had that particular specialty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeptemberMom View Post
    Cody is in school now, right? If so, if you request him to be evaluated through the school system, it will be done during school hours.

    You and his teachers will complete behavioral eating scales to assess for ADHD. The scales ask several questions and simply rate how Cody responds on a daily basis.

    For the LD evaluation, an IQ test and achievement tests in the area of concern (usually reading, math, and/or written language) are given to the student. However, many folks like to wait until at least 2nd or 3rd grade to evaluate for an LD disability.

    How old is he? To answer your question, it depends on how many assessments are administered.
    He will be 6 in July and start 1st First Grade in August. School ends May 23rd so... I think it would be better to get this done now through the summer. His insurance will cover it. Otherwise if it were at the beginning of the school year I would do so. Learning disabilities run in the family on both sides. I don't want to wait until 2nd or 3rd grade to just have a note sent home every day telling me "he isn't listening" "he is playing" "he won't stay on task" for 2-3 more years. That's ridiculous. I asked what to expect not how long should I wait. I waited a semester at the new school hoping he'd adjust and I want to get him help for things if needed sooner than later. This way when August comes I might have a diagnosis or something for the school to work with. These aren't new issues while he did better at his old school which it would be worth the drive for him to go back if they allow for it some of the schools are relaxed about the district if the parents cooperate which we can. I don't want him to have any sort of learning disorder nobody wants that for their children I had problems but, the difference is I want him to have help to accomplish whatever he wants. It might not be a learning disorder it could be that the therapist thinks his not being challenged enough which I hope for but, I don't know for sure. He's a good kid for sure but, I guess I feel like he might need more guidance and me too. We've dealt with issues like this since he was about 3 before Pre-K in Pre-K and K he blossomed until we moved into this new district. It could be that its worth the 15 minute drive to the old school daily. I am hoping for them to rule out any sort of learning problem and I am hoping that it might just be something small that together we can be on the same page. I've been through this crap as a kid and I wish I had help sooner than later from my parents.
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    Have you spoken to the school about your concerns? Ultimately the school must determine whether he qualifies for support for a learning disability, even if you have an outside evaluation. The school does not have to agree with what the private evaluation says. You may find it is much faster to speak with the school psychologist now (before the end of school) because it will come back to them in the end either way.
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    Here is some information bout how the process works.

    http://www.greatschools.org/special-...ty.gs?page=all
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwenn View Post
    Have you spoken to the school about your concerns? Ultimately the school must determine whether he qualifies for support for a learning disability, even if you have an outside evaluation. The school does not have to agree with what the private evaluation says. You may find it is much faster to speak with the school psychologist now (before the end of school) because it will come back to them in the end either way.
    I spoke to his teacher the first month of starting the new school because I noticed a problem I asked her if I could see how he interacts with everyone in the classroom after she had sent mom multiple notes of him "not focus, too much talking, etc, etc". When I asked her directly and I addressed that I was concerned she brushed me off yet, still writes on almost a daily basis about above ^. I don't get it! If she isn't concerned when I address her why is she the one telling me about how he is always off task? Anyways I will see what happens with the therapist first and then talk to the school after.

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    If you request an evaluation in writing at the school (this is done by the school psychologist, not the teacher) they are required by law to test him. They cannot blow you off. And for him to receive services through the school, they will have to test him eventually one way or the other ... Private testing won't get him support at school.

    Don't rule out speech/language testing as well. You have mentioned he qualified for speech when he was younger, and it is not unusual for kids to be dismissed from early intervention for language and then have problems later. There is a lot that goes into all this and the school can assemble the entire team (school psychologist, speech, OT, and other specialists as needed). Paying for all those individually would be a lot as well as the investment in time with so many appointments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwenn View Post
    If you request an evaluation in writing at the school (this is done by the school psychologist, not the teacher) they are required by law to test him. They cannot blow you off. And for him to receive services through the school, they will have to test him eventually one way or the other ... Private testing won't get him support at school.

    Don't rule out speech/language testing as well. You have mentioned he qualified for speech when he was younger, and it is not unusual for kids to be dismissed from early intervention for language and then have problems later. There is a lot that goes into all this and the school can assemble the entire team (school psychologist, speech, OT, and other specialists as needed). Paying for all those individually would be a lot as well as the investment in time with so many appointments.
    I will go in on Monday with a note but, what do I say exactly just that his doctor wanted him evaluated for learning disabilities and ADHD?

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    Write that you spoke with his doctor and you are making a formal written request in the areas of academics, attention, and language. Sign and date it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwenn View Post
    Write that you spoke with his doctor and you are making a formal written request in the areas of academics, attention, and language. Sign and date it.
    OK Will do! Thank you for the information.

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    I hope it does not stretch for a long time. My older one had to switch classes in her kindergsrten as her previous teacher had never anything good to say about her and when I addressed her she would smile and say nothing is wrong. There was - she had tough time adjusting due to language barrier and she is a bit hyper active. But once we switched her class she got to work with much more patient and understanding teacher who was willing to work together with us and she improved within the first month both behaviour and language wise. Mind it, here class are huge 38 children per 2 teachers and a nanny.
    I hope you get more answers, help for Cody and hopefully a better teacher next term.
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    I am not saying you should wait but be prepared if you are told that they would rather evaluate for ADHD, speech, and/or developmental delay due to his age. He can receive the appropriate support if he qualifies under those categories.

    Even though the school year is ending, systems continue to provide evaluations during the summer. By law, they have a specified number of days to complete the evaluations after you sign the consent form.

    It is your decision regarding whom you would want to do the initial evaluation (private vs school) but like Gwenn stated, the school will have to accept the private evaluation and conduct some of their own before qualifying him and providing support.

    I agree that you should proceed now so the services can be in place prior to the start of school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeptemberMom View Post
    I am not saying you should wait but be prepared if you are told that they would rather evaluate for ADHD, speech, and/or developmental delay due to his age. He can receive the appropriate support if he qualifies under those categories.
    Yes, I wouldn't be surprised at all if they looked at other areas of eligibility. It IS extremely rare to place with learning disability before 2nd or 3rd grade but there are other reasons kids qualify.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeksy View Post
    I hope it does not stretch for a long time. My older one had to switch classes in her kindergsrten as her previous teacher had never anything good to say about her and when I addressed her she would smile and say nothing is wrong. There was - she had tough time adjusting due to language barrier and she is a bit hyper active. But once we switched her class she got to work with much more patient and understanding teacher who was willing to work together with us and she improved within the first month both behaviour and language wise. Mind it, here class are huge 38 children per 2 teachers and a nanny.
    I hope you get more answers, help for Cody and hopefully a better teacher next term.
    There are 21 to 1 teacher which isn't huge but, I couldn't imagine 21 5-6 year old to look after! So I know teachers can have it tough sometimes. I think the biggest problem is his teacher doesn't have much consistency with assignments and such. At the same time I want to look at every possibly of what could be wrong and what we could work out. I hope its more of a matter like you are saying a new teacher can make a world of a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeptemberMom View Post
    I am not saying you should wait but be prepared if you are told that they would rather evaluate for ADHD, speech, and/or developmental delay due to his age. He can receive the appropriate support if he qualifies under those categories.

    Even though the school year is ending, systems continue to provide evaluations during the summer. By law, they have a specified number of days to complete the evaluations after you sign the consent form.

    It is your decision regarding whom you would want to do the initial evaluation (private vs school) but like Gwenn stated, the school will have to accept the private evaluation and conduct some of their own before qualifying him and providing support.

    I agree that you should proceed now so the services can be in place prior to the start of school.
    I would definitely request now so even if they don't get to you before the end of the school year, you will be near the top of the list for the start of next year. And a very good friend of mine is a school psychologist who works throughout the summer, often doing initial evaluations so the kids are ready to start any services at the beginning of the school year. I know not all school districts will do this, but it can't hurt to let them know if you will be around during the summer in case they do any evaluations then.


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    Quote Originally Posted by preciousnd98 View Post
    I would definitely request now so even if they don't get to you before the end of the school year, you will be near the top of the list for the start of next year. And a very good friend of mine is a school psychologist who works throughout the summer, often doing initial evaluations so the kids are ready to start any services at the beginning of the school year. I know not all school districts will do this, but it can't hurt to let them know if you will be around during the summer in case they do any evaluations then.
    Totally understand this ^. I plan on going in on Monday and talking to them. And if I didn't mention this already I spoke with the counselor at his old school she was very, very, very, rude about me even asking about the possibility of transfer and really snotty about it. It really makes me mad how I am treated. I was very polite and said " I know this may not a possibility but, this is what is going on and Cody blossomed your school". It might be possible but, she was so crappy about it now I am afraid to even ask about for his home school.

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