SPD Advocate

by Kristin Johnson
(Mansfield, TX)

My daughter's school district is refusing to provide services although the diagnosis of SPD has been confirmed. Does anyone know where I can find an educational advocate in North Texas that will help me fight for her?


Thanks
Kristin Johnson

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May 21, 2009
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Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
by: Anonymous

I recommend this site to find help.

www.copaa.org

Good luck!

May 21, 2009
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Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
by: Anonymous

I am currently dealing with a similar issue in the Chicago area. This site was recommended to me and I found it helpful. Good luck!
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates http://www.copaa.org/

Apr 04, 2009
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Advocate
by: Carolyn (Odessa,TX)

I am special ed teacher and even with a diagnosis of SPD your child may not qualify for services through the school district. Like I said I am a teacher and my son SPD. I know the system and the way it works so I was able to get some help for my son because of his delay in fine motor skills and also visual perceptual issues.

My school district is West Texas contracts with a company called StarCare for Occupational and Physical Therapy. A therapist comes in about once a year (at best) and observes the child and then writes up recommendations for the teacher and supposedly the parent. If the therapist feels their is a need for services, they make recommendations and document for 9 weeks (Response to Intervention or RTI) for short. If the interventions they suggest or those that the teacher implements are not successful then they will reevaluate and possibly offer services.

It takes at least 9 weeks usually for them to even consider services. If your child has other diagnoses besides SPD such as autism then you stand a much better chance of getting him services. If you feel it is important for your son to get services then my best advice is to look for an advocate and continue pursuing it. Don't give up without a fight.

My experience is the parents who fight or who voice their opinion the most about their child are the ones who are listened to. If you just let it go and not say anymore then nothing will happen. You have to be your child's advocate.

Apr 02, 2009
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wrightslaw.com
by: Ericka Morgan

Hi,
One great way to find an advocate is to go to www.wrightslaw.com. Go to their yellow pages and search the resources for your state. They have great information on this website!-hth!

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