At times a student needs extra help from teachers to do well with their academics and many parents are familiar with Special Education and parents rights in school, but some may not be aware that there are advocates who can assist them in ensuring their child gets a fair education.
Whether the child has been in Special Education for a short time, or for most of their education, there are always rights ensured to the child and to their parents.
Providing reasonable accommodations for student’s courses are worked out through a plan that is coordinated with the parent and teachers. If a parent feels that their input has not been taken into consideration, they may benefit from contacting a Special Education attorney and/or advocate.
When determining if a student qualifies for Special Education, there may be a series of assessments performed that are physical and psychological. At all points, the parent has the right to be informed of the nature of the assessment and the results as well as the right to give or decline consent for those assessments. Because the disabilities categories have grown, over time, to include Specific Learning Disabilities, Autism, Other Health Impairment, Emotional Disturbance, and Behavior, a parent might find themselves pressured into having their child placed in Special Education services.
Mental health symptoms, behavioral health symptoms, learning challenges, may be attributable to medical illness or ailment. This is highly researched and at this time there are even functional mental health professionals that practice in medical testing to find underlying physical causes for why a student is not performing well. The medical tests are performed and the parent and child are shown the results of traditional tests that show what needs to be medically handled, whether it is a food allergy, hormone imbalance, thyroid imbalance, chemical sensitivity, toxic exposure and many more.
Dr. Doris Rapp has worked since the 1960s to help parents and their children in terms of testing for food allergies and chemical intolerances. Her work is well documented and interviews with Dr. Rapp and her patients can be found on Youtube.
Physicians who specialize in rare blood diseases, thyroid testing, and many more, are looking thoroughly into the physical condition of the child and relying on medical science to lead them to the cure of what ails the child.
Consider this, a real-life example of a young 7-year-old boy who was not doing well in school. The school personnel spoke with the mother repeatedly about bringing her son to a mental health professional for a diagnosis and treatment, the school personnel spoke repeatedly to the mother about the boy’s need to be in Special Education. The mother knew her son well and knew that the boy was a smart, well-behaved child and refused to cave under the pressure being applied to her. She had her son tested, by a traditional medical professional, for food allergies. By medical test results, she noticed that the foods her son was allergic to happen to be most of the foods served at the school cafeteria for lunch. Instead of having her son get lunch in the cafeteria, she began packing a homemade brown-bag lunch and not once afterwards did she receive complaints from the school that her son was misbehaving or that his grades were suffering.
In addition to the option to get your child a thorough physical exam, you have the option to contact Special Education Advocates and Attorneys.
Always, the student has a right to a fair education and parent’s rights in school are assured at all times!