Special Education Evaluation Process

Thanks to the help of the Central Florida Parent Center, my documentation and my persistence at being an advocate for my daughter, the special education evaluation process has begun. After making a complaint to the state of Florida for no response to my request for an evaluation last school year, my daughter’s need for Homebound schooling over the summer and now (except for two classes that she is taking at school), the district finally accepted the need for an evaluation.

First Day of SchoolMy daughter has medical conditions and anxiety that are contributing to her difficulty learning. We are not sure if she has a learning disability. Although she did end up with good grades last year, it was due to her one on one Homebound teaching services. That brought up her grades and changed the low grades she actually received. She’s been in school this year now for about 4 weeks, missed 3 days of school, but is doing well with her grades.

My concern is when she returns to school full time (our goal). So when asked if I wanted to proceed with the evaluation, I of course agreed. So far, she has received the Psychological and Cognitive Assessment. My husband and I have a Behavioral form to complete. It is extremely long, but that’s no problem. Within the next few days, she will be given the Educational Assessment.

I’m not sure how long it will take to get the results, but as soon as I do, I will update you. The lesson I hope to share with other parents in similar situations, is to get assistance from your local Parent Center (it’s free), to persevere, to document everything, and to make appropriate complaints when necessary. Try to work on the local level within your school and school district, but if you are hitting a road block with them, you can seek assistance from the state. If you feel that your child needs help with learning, it is your right to have your child evaluated for special education services.

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Connie Roberts

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Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

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  1. That’s what I’ve learned from the past, definitely document everything! Getting your child evaluated, from what I hear, can be a long drawn out process and very stressful. Hope everything works out for y’all!

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