Now it's time for the rest of it. I'm not sure what I'm doing (surprise). The Goofy One has a reading screening coming up. ...I'm going to say this and then things are going to go wrong and all hell's going to break loose and I'm going to cry. but... The boy can't read. There's no doubt about that. He's made absolutely no progress over the summer. None. Zip. Zilch. I suck at teaching. and writing? just... wow. so, there's no reason he won't qualify for help. (haha, I know. heard that before, didn't you?)
He needs help and I don't know what help he needs because as much as I suck at teaching, I'm even worse at being a doctor. I have no clue what's wrong with this child so I have to guess and it's all just... damnit! ya know? Getting him help through school isn't working out so well ... but on the other hand, a kindergartener with a 504 is pretty freaking good, I think. ...or bad, depending on how you look at it considering the low bar set for expected abilities. The older he gets, the easier it should be. (Yes, I'm rolling my eyes at that one, too.)
Anyway, the kid needs help. It's my job to make sure he gets it. but, I'm lost. I know the general direction we're going but not exactly how to go about it. "medical is medical, educational is educational." "stop chasing diagnoses and make the school do something." I'm so sick of hearing that crap. seriously. I want a new doctor. Not the pediatrician because I love him, but the psychologist because I so don't love him. It's true, "medical is medical, educational is educational." They are separate. kind of. but not really. In order to make the school do something, I need to chase diagnoses. IDEA part B 300.311 says that
(a) For a child suspected of having a specific learning disability, the documentation of the determination of eligibility, as required in §300.306(a)(2), must contain a statement of—
(4) The educationally relevant medical findings, if any;
The diagnoses I'm chasing are educationally relevant. It would be so much easier (on me) if the self-appointed diagnosing gods (lowercase) were required to read IDEA before giving advice on school. maybe someone should tell him that "medical is medical, educational is educational." and he should stick to medical and stop telling me to get a freaking advocate. uhg. sorry. end rant. no ranting here, where was I?
I have a list. I need medical evaluations for Auditory Processing Disorder and Dyslexia until someone gives me a new direction to go in, there's the reading screening, the first report card and a request for evaluation.
The pediatrician said we'd discuss the reading trouble after the screening. IDEA 300.302 says,
The screening of a student by a teacher or specialist to determine appropriate instructional strategies for curriculum implementation shall not be considered to be an evaluation for eligibility for special education and related services.which means after they find out the boy can't read, I need to request evaluation for SSD services but at the 504 meeting, I told her I'd wait for the first report card. That gives me 6 weeks (maybe?) before the report card, then I have 30 days for the district to gather information and decide if he should be evaluated for special education services. That looks like a lot of days, to me. Plenty to get the medical evaluations, I hope. The medical evaluations may not be the deciding factor in whether or not the child gets services but it sure as hell can't hurt to have them, right?
Yeah. There's my plan.
- medical evaluations
- report card
- request for evaluation
- 120 days of Pure Hell.