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Thank you thank you! I had tried searching, but I must have used the wrong keywords or something and didn't find anything, and then thought maybe the conversation had been deleted. I don't know the details of the situation, but now I have what I had wanted to pass along. It is from an earlier post from Becca's momma:
"Just for your information, all testing done through your local school
district or dept of health is of NO COST to your family (this is the
case in most states).
There are programs for Early Intervention (0-3y.o. or 0-5 years)
depending on where you live and 5-21years(the local school district).
All children suspected of having a disability by the schools or upon
their parents' written request can be tested/evaluated for many
different reasons. (Speech, Cognitive, Emotional/behavioral, Motor
You have the right as a parent to refuse to participate. The IDEA
(individuals w/disabilties education act) is very easy to read and
understand and all states have PIC (parent information centers) to
assist with any questions or concerns.
. . .
The school systems often create kids and families with disbilities, read
"when your child needs testing" or access some good websites such as the
one mentioned. Another good resource along with the PICs are ILC
(Independent Living Centers) and Parent-to-Parent (a nation/statewide
organization linking parents)."
Thanks again everyone!