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13 steps to take when you suspect your child may have dyslexia, dysgraphia, and/or dyscalculia - Cont.

statement that you are not satisfied with the districtís initial evaluation. Any component of the school district initial evaluation, the evaluation in its entirety, or a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation may be specified in the IEE letter for the independent evaluator to perform.

9.Monitor the time frame for a response from the Director of Special Education to your request for an IEE. Check your stateís regulations regarding the applicable time frame.

10.After receiving approval for the IEE, research potential state licensed clinical psychologist providers or other qualified and state licensed providers depending on the specialty of service needed, for the IEE. Keep in mind that many licensed providers do not accept the state rate (State Rate Setting Commissionís rate of reimbursement) as payment in full and will balance bill their clients up to their usual and customary charges for service.

11.Have your child complete the IEE and request a meeting with your childís school team to discuss the findings of the IEE. Again, it is recommended that the special education advocate attend this meeting.

12.Carefully review with your advocate the process of the IEE meeting, as well as team recommendations regarding eligibility for special education, and proposals for service.

13.If you continue to have concerns about your childís having unmet special education needs, discuss your options with the special education advocate up to an including an appeal, i.e., a request for a hearing with the state Board of Special Education Appeals.