Originally Posted by CaliTerp07
That's exactly how it works. The school has trained staff (psychologists, audiologists, social workers, counselors, special education experts, physical therapists, speech pathologists, etc to run evaluations and tests. They request input from any medical doctors or specialists the child sees. Parental input and teacher narratives are considered. Ultimately it is the parents choice what goes into an iep document, but it is absolutely a team effort with all appropriate professionals involved.
The "label" just goes on the special education paperwork so the child can qualify for the extra services they need. In most cases, nothing is considered until second grade because there is such a huge range of normal in young children.
Hmmmm... That must be fairly new or differs by region because I know of lots of kids who were deemed "add" or "learning disabled" in school where the parents were just told by the teacher "hey your kid can't focus and needs meds" (paraphrasing). Brians cousins son has to see a speech therapist but it's not through his school and it wasn't brought up through school speech pathologists. His mom is also a teacher and doesn't deal with all of these medical professionals. She gets kids who have disabilities and gets little support for them other than their aides (not aides put there by the school but by the parents)
Many of those kids are now in our homeschool co op and thriving without meds.
When Hannah was in preschool one day a week (not public but still soured me) they said one week "you know Hannah was staring off into space a lot today" and I said "yeah, she was sick and then we had family in town and she is tired" and they said "well, it could be add you know" and I said "yeah... Or maybe she's bored because she already knows what you are teaching"
But at the end of the day... If there is a REAL issue, 2nd grade is probably not an ideal age to just start dealkng with autism. Early intervention is important and very effective.