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13 steps to take when you suspect your child may have dyslexia, dysgraphia, and/or dyscalculia - Cont.
Moreover, if gross motor, sensory motor or speech and language problems are suspected, consider requesting a Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT), and/or Speech/Language evaluations. Be sure to sign and date the letter as well as getting it time stamped when possible.
2. Monitor the 30 day deadline (30 days for Massachusetts students – check your state’s regulations regarding the applicable time frame) for completion of the initial evaluation from the date of the time stamp on the letter.
3. Monitor the 45 day deadline (45 days for Massachusetts students – check your state’s regulations regarding the applicable time frame) for scheduling a special education team meeting from the date of the time stamp on the letter. The purpose of the team meeting is t o discuss the findings of the initial evaluation.
4. Consulting with a special education advocate is recommended at this point and her/his attendance at the team meeting is recommended.
5. Attend the special education team meeting, along with the advocate (if acquired), to review the findings of the school district’s initial evaluation of your child.
6. At the team meeting make no decision and do not sign any forms accepting a team decision regarding eligibility for special education or special education service proposals.
7. Following the team meeting, discuss with your advocate the process of the special education team meeting, the disposition, and any service proposals.
8. If eligibility is denied or if eligibility is approved but you are not satisfied with the service proposal, consider filing a written request for an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) with the Director of Special Education. This letter should contain a