Lately I’ve been getting involved in a few Facebook pages for parents with kids with special needs, and there seem to be a few of the same questions that pop up over and over again.   Because it’s nice to feel helpful every once in awhile, I thought I would compile some of the most frequently asked questions (that I’m able to answer, at least) onto one page that I could just link to in the future.

If anyone has any other questions about the education system and how it works (or doesn’t work) for kiddos with special needs,  PLEASE feel free to ask so I can work on responding to as many as possible!  In the comment section is great, or via email to stay anonymous is fine, too.  And if you see an answer I’ve given that is more confusing than clarifying, let me know about that too so I can try to fix it.  As always, constructive criticisms are welcome 🙂  Lastly, if there is a question that I don’t feel I can answer well, I will do some digging and link to whatever good resources I can find.

Thanks so much to everyone for taking the time to read, comment, question, share, and/or follow my blog!!!

(Disclaimer:  None of what is shared here should be viewed as professional, legal or medical advice; rather it’s meant to be more of a starting block for people wondering what to do or where to turn first when talking with their own doctors and/or school districts.  I’d love to be able to consult professionally at some point in the future but for now there just aren’t enough hours in the day!)

Frequently Asked Questions (*-working on a response!):

*What is the difference between a 504 plan and an IEP (Individualized Education Program)?  What are the pros and cons of each?

*My child already has a diagnosis of ASD.  Why isn’t the school giving him/her services for it?

*Why doesn’t the school “recognize” things like SPD (sensory processing disorder), dyslexia, or ADHD?

*The school staff at my child’s evaluation meeting agreed that she is behind and needs help, and then in the same breath said that she doesn’t qualify for an IEP.  ?????

*My child’s school did an evaluation for an IEP and they decided that he doesn’t qualify for services.  I disagree.  What should I do?