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Old 05-17-2013, 09:40 PM
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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.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:54 PM
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I don't think it's even by region but by school. The first (public) school I went to had qualified individuals to work with the kids needing it, who worked with medical professionals and the local children's hospital. For example, I had severe phonology problems, and I was doing 3 days/week at CHEO and the other 2 days a week at school with their professionals, and it was continual, working together.

The second (public) school had nothing like that at all.

Then I went to alternative schools, and they had limited help. By far, the first school was the best for the help.


All the schools were in the same area, within 5kms of each other.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:59 PM
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No insurance coverage because I am in limbo between two states and no doctor will schedule me without proof of insurance. It's really frustrating and it's mostly due to the fact that Louisiana is a crappy state that took forever to cancel my Medicaid with them.
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So there's officially a whiteish liquid coming out of my right breast and I'm really freaked out.
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:28 AM
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Barbara, how long has it been since your last appointment? June 1st isn't that far away, and although a lot of OBs want to see patients every 2 or 3 weeks towards the end, it's not really necessary unless there's a problem. Is there a planned parenthood or other clinic you can go to for anything urgent but non-emergency?

I've never heard of unqualified school officials diagnosing or treating kids? Even if the teacher suggests a child has an issue, they'd still need to see a doctor for a diagnosis or medication anyway. And I'm pretty sure it's illegal for teachers to suggest a child has a specific disorder, too, all they can say is the child is having issues with XYZ and they recommend seeking help.
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So there's officially a whiteish liquid coming out of my right breast and I'm really freaked out.
It's probably just colostrum. No need to worry

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While caleb is not Autistic , he has a huge learning disability due to his seizure activity.

The school district here has an early intervention aimed at 3yr olds. They work with the parents to get teh kids placed in the proper class setting. even if the class is out of there district , the kid is bused to the school with the proper class so that the school system can consolidate the kids that need alike services in order to actually provide services instead of half assing them.





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Barbara, how long has it been since your last appointment? June 1st isn't that far away, and although a lot of OBs want to see patients every 2 or 3 weeks towards the end, it's not really necessary unless there's a problem. Is there a planned parenthood or other clinic you can go to for anything urgent but non-emergency?

I've never heard of unqualified school officials diagnosing or treating kids? Even if the teacher suggests a child has an issue, they'd still need to see a doctor for a diagnosis or medication anyway. And I'm pretty sure it's illegal for teachers to suggest a child has a specific disorder, too, all they can say is the child is having issues with XYZ and they recommend seeking help.
The cases that were mentioned, all specified the school/people were qualified...
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I've never heard of unqualified school officials diagnosing or treating kids? Even if the teacher suggests a child has an issue, they'd still need to see a doctor for a diagnosis or medication anyway. .
This. A doctor is not just going to hand over medications to a child simply because a layperson suggested it. By the same token, I can say that I think my boss is bipolar all I want, but a doctor isn't going to prescribe meds due to that
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The cases that were mentioned, all specified the school/people were qualified...
oh, that wasn't a response to your comment, I was just mentioning because Tanya's post seemed to imply that teachers or other non-trained school employees were labeling kids ADD or learning disability based on their behavior in the classroom. I've never seen or heard of that happening, and I'm fairly certain it would be illegal for a school to do so.

I can absolutely believe a doctor can over-diagnose learning disabilities in children based on what a teacher or other non-qualified school official might say without performing a proper assessment. But I've never seen or heard of a teacher saying "your child has ADD" to a parent. The only time anyone from a school would say that is if they were a doctor hired by the school to diagnose kids with issues.
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