My child's school does not want to provide an IEP for SPD.

by Sandra
(Missouri)

My son could not be a better poster child for SPD. He has ISSUES. The school district has said things like, "If you let us label him autistic we can service him." Or, "He's just not bright and he is doing the best he can."


I teach Autistic children and he does have some characteristics, but not all of them, and as for bright, when the pre-school first steps lady tested his IQ it was in the high average range, and IQ is pretty static. You either have an innate ability to learn or you don't...

What steps do I need to take to get him serviced as a child with health impairments. Since it isn't in the DSM-IV they say it isn't a valid disorder. I am very frustrated and need some outside perspective and help in what to do.

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Aug 11, 2010
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Eligibility for Sp Ed/IEP
by: Anonymous

I work in a special education program in California. There is no way a child can get an IEP for SPD in Ca. SPD is a medical diagnosis, not an eligibility critera. There are certain eligibility criteria for Sp Ed, and SPD is not one of them... Possibly Autism, Mental Retardation, Speech or Language Impairment, Visual Impairment, Hard of hearing, Deaf-Blindness, Traumatic Brain Injury, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment... SPD is not one of them. If the child does not fall under one of these eligibility criteria, they do not qualify for an IEP, but they may be able to get a 504.

Oct 03, 2009
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IDEA
by: Anonymous

Under the Disabilities Act IDEA, they are required to make accommodations IF the disability interferes w/ his learning. They, at minimum, would do a 504 ... do some research. Go to wrightslaw.com ... you will find what you need.

Sep 24, 2009
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IEP
by: HS Sped Teacher

Even though the school may not identify on their list of disabilities you could have it included under "other health impairments" if it is interfering with his education.


Sep 20, 2009
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504 Plan
by: Meshell

In Virginia we are not able to get an IEP for our 6yr old for his SPD. However we were asked by the school to obtain a 504 plan. Which is basically like and IEp but is just behavioral. It is filled out by your doctor, explain what issues they come up against with your child and the best ways for these issues to be dealt with by the teacher and school staff. I am not sure if they offer this in your state and am sure it would not be called the same thing, but it is definitely worth looking into. Go to the country special education board directly and ask them about it. Do not let them label your child with something he/she does not have. As your child gets older they may improve in the school setting, but the label they are wanting to put is not one that will ever disappear. I wish you all the best luck

Sep 03, 2009
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iep
by: Anonymous

I teach Special ed in Tx and know that most children with a high IQ even with SPD are not elgible for Special Ed services in other words an IEP. If your child has a speech impairment or delay then you have them qualified for that. You can also have them receive OT services and not necessarily have an IEP. The way it works in my district is that you have a diagnosis or disability that is in the DSM and you also have to qualify in the IQ category. They don't always go together but has been my experience that they usually do.

Sep 03, 2009
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IEP for SPD-I just did it in Ca
by: Carrie

Hi!
I just went through an IEP for my 3 year old in Northern Ca. It was wonderful, they were so supportive and gave us OT and speech therapy as well as a two day preschool with other little ones like my daughter. Hang in there and insist the school give her one as her right through the school system-here in Ca it is the law! Check with your state though. Also, before you call come armed with information on your little one. Get an OT to evaluate your little one and have the report for them and get the OT to have them diagnose and go to the school system district office with this. They at that point should listen to you, if not go to your state government officials. This is your child's future and they need to be prepared for their school "life". Many of us here have been successful because we all work together for the good of the child! Hang in there! Email me if you would like further information, cmiskawi@sbcglobal.net

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