Little nothing-update, our next meeting to go over all the test results is March 9th. He had conferences last week and his teacher said that she doesn't think he's going to qualify for an IEP diagnosis just by what she's been seeing, but she's already talking with the coordinator about implementing other strategies (like being able to leave the classroom when he has a meltdown, stuff like that). But he has an ADD diagnosis already so I'm not sure why that wouldn't be sufficient, but she may be wrong. She said they did two in-class observation sessions and at one of them there was another adult presenter in the class doing a game with the kids so he was pretty involved with that, so they didn't see the gamut of his behaviors. I'll bring that up, and his ADD diagnosis, if they decide he doesn't qualify.
What you're hoping for is a designation of OHI (other health impaired), under IDEA.
condition must be chronic or acute and must result in
limited strength, vitality, or alertness to the educational
environment. Whether a particular student is classified as
OHI will depend on the way the condition affects his or her
alertness or responsiveness to the educational environment.
I would give the evaluation team a form from his Dr. with his medical diagnosis now; waiting for a denial will extend an already drawn-out process, and since you aren't trying to keep this information from the school I don't see an advantage in waiting. I would also ask for their evaluation report that is to be filled out by his diagnosing Dr; they may not have intended on giving you one but I'd ask in an "oh, by the way" manner as if they had already said that they would.
One of my ds' observations was on a "special" day as well; the evaluator went back on a "normal" day.
You'll need to start preparing for that meeting; I'd make sure you ask to have the evaluation results a week before the meeting so that you have time to review them and any test scores (I'd also ask that they include Standard Scores and Percentile Rank. Have you read "From Emotions to Advocacy" yet?
Edited by Emmeline II - 2/17/12 at 11:31am