Pediatric Stroke Program

Evaluation and Special Education

Many parents with school-age children who have had a stroke wonder about how they should approach their school district about an evaluation for their child. Below are questions and answers to common concerns that many parents have about special education for their child with a stroke.

What is Special Education?

What about Special Education and the Law?

What is a Special Education Evaluation?

What are the types of Special Education Evaluations?

How do you request a Special Education Evaluation?

What will the Evaluation decide?

How does the system work?

What if I am not satisfied with the evaluation?

What else can I do to communicate effectively with the school?

Where else can I go for help?

What is Special Education?

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What about Special Education and the Law?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Section 504

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What is a Special Education Evaluation?

In general, a special education evaluation is appropriate for all children with brain injury, including stroke. Evaluations in schools are often multidisciplinary and include specialists from psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, a teacher, a behavior specialist, etc. Reevaluations are also provided as assessed by the evaluation team, but at least every three years. Reevaluations are often set up at times of transition (i.e. moving from elementary school into middle school) and when educational expectations change.

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What are the types of Special Education Evaluations?

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How do you request a Special Education Evaluation?

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What will the Evaluation decide?

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How does the system work?

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What if I am not satisfied with the evaluation?

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What else can I do to communicate effectively with the school?

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Where else can I go for help?

In Pennsylvania:

Disability Rights Network of PA
Helpline: (800) 692-7443; (717) 236-8110
TDD (877) 375-7139; (717) 346-0296
Web site: http://drnpa.org

In New Jersey:

Education Law Center
Phone: 973-624-1815
Fax: 973-624-7339
TTY: 973-624-4618
E-Mail: elc@edlawcenter.org

Nationally:

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
www.nichcy.org/

Reviewed by: Rebecca N. Ichord, MD
Date: August 2007

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