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I have come to the point in HSing DS (8) that I think it's time to get an IEP. My problem comes about- not with HOW, as my county is Very good at setting those up and helping HS families. My concern is in dealing with them. DS has severe Dyslexia, Autistic like symptoms, Severe Anxiety, Mild OCD, and more than likely some Sensory issues. He's never been tested- and honestly I don't know how to get him tested. His Ped is happy with his progress- and feels that counseling would only make things worse- no child psych's here in our area that accept our insurance.<br><br>
Anyone BTDT? Have any insight? What happens with your child? What is your experience? Advice?
 

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<span>I don't know much of anything about it, but HSC, the HomeSchool Assn. of California, has a section on their website that can be helpful, as well as special needs contact parents who can fill you in on more:<br><a href="http://www.hsc.org/143.php" target="_blank">Homeschooling with Special Needs</a>.<br><br>
Best of luck - Lillian</span>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My concern is in dealing with them. DS has severe Dyslexia, Autistic like symptoms, Severe Anxiety, Mild OCD, and more than likely some Sensory issues. He's never been tested- and honestly I don't know how to get him tested.</div>
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request an evaluation from your school. The request needs to be signed and dated, so write a real letter on real paper and mail it. The have 45 days, but I believe that only days that school is in session count. (If you are concered they with blow you off, get a signed reciept, but I never do that because our district is wonderful).<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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It sounds to me like he is gate keeping to keep cost down. I'd try to go around him and get referral for her insurance to pay for a private evaluation in addition to the one through the school because they tend to be more thorough. (I perfer to do both the public and the private option).<br><br>
The type evaluation your son most likely needs is a neuro-psych evaluation.<br><br>
Some of these issues tend to get much worse during adolscence, so ignoring severe anxiety in an 8 year old is bad idea. However, some of this stuff can take a long time to sort out. For my DD's last eval, I wanted the best person in our area to do it, and it took nearly a year between being on a wait list, having multiple appointments, and then waiting for the report (my DD has PDD-NOS and homeschooled until she was 12). My advice is to start the ball rolling but don't hold your breath!<br><br>
Dyslexia is a separate issue and requires separate testing. It's not something I'm up on, and I'd recommend posting a specific question about it on the special needs board.<br><br>
How are your son's social skills and fine motor skills? Kids with some of the issues you listed often have trouble with those as well.
 

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Thanks LillianJ- I have read those before, but need to re-read them with a different eye.<br><br>
LindaOnTheMove- His social skills are good, suprisingly. He is very funny and outgoing-once he get's to where we are going. Thanks for all your suggestions and ideas!
 

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I just finished the IEP process with my DS (8). If you would like PM me with your questions I can do my best to answer them for you.<br><br>
It is a long process and can be very frustrating, but worth it in the end if your child qualifies for special ed services.<br><br>
My daughter now has a full IEP with special ed services, including two 45min. sessions in our home with a specail ed teacher each week.
 
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