It is estimated that half a million students receive special education services in the state of Texas. While we have recently learned that number is significantly under inflated due to the 8.5% cap placed by the Texas Education Agency, it still indicates that for many of our young learners, school is difficult.
These students may struggle with receptive and expressive language delays, making it difficult for them to understand the educators or even more difficult to express what they are learning.
Others may struggle with pragmatic language or social skills.
The largest population of students who struggle in school are those with a learning disability. These students often have great ability, but difficulties with reading, writing or math impede their performance in school.
As parents, we struggle with the best way to help close the gap or help our children overcome their struggles. We take them to physicians, therapy and even pay for tutoring. We may not even want to ask the school for help, but we should.
The best thing we can do for our children who struggle with school is request an evaluation. After all, if your child is not making good grades, not passing the state assessment, or simply not wanting to go to school, these could all be indicators that something is wrong.
Response to Intervention is a first step for many schools in identifying students who struggle with learning. This intervention, however, cannot unreasonably delay or deny evaluating your child. In fact, if a parent requests that their child be evaluated for special education, then the school district must do so.
Once your child has been evaluated then we can start to get an idea of how to help them. Some parents finally see what they have been suspecting all along, while others are surprised and may even disagree with the results of the evaluation, which is okay too.
Whatever your situation is with your child, if you feel that they are struggling with school, have anxiety issues, learning issues, or simply have trouble speaking and understanding, you have a right under federal law to request a full and individual evaluation and not have your child be one of the 250,000 students who were overlooked in the state of Texas.
If I can assist you in this process of obtaining an evaluation, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.