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Why do Catholic Schools not have any support for children with learning disabilities?


zuzu1234 April 20, 2009

Why do Catholic Schools not have any support for children with learning disabilities?

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healthy11 April 20, 2009

It all depends on where you live. Some Catholic Schools do support kids with LDs. My son attended a Catholic school with wonderful supports, in the Chicago area. Where are you located? What kind of LDs does your child have?

(I will say that the general response has to do with funding....Even if your child is attending a parochial school, they are supposed to be entitled to remediation services through the public system, such as speech/language, OT, etc. The reality is that coordinating scheduling is often difficult. In any case, even if the private school doesn't provide remediation, they are not supposed to discriminate against anyone with disabilities, and most teachers will make reasonable accommodations, even without formal pieces of paper, like 504Plans, that legally tell them to do so. What kind of issues are you having?)


zuzu1234 April 21, 2009

Our catholic school is located in New Jersey. In Hunterdon County. One of the richest locations in the US I think right now... My daughter has an IEP and was classified as "Mentally disabled". That does not mean that she cannot learn. What she really has is ADHD... and is within the average means of learning. They only provide 30 minutes of a tutor. They have told us that they will not accept our registration for next year and that we will have to find somewhere else. My daughter was a premie at 24 weeks old and weighed 1.5 pounds. So she has some delays, but she is progressing. This teacher that she has for third grade as really made it rough for her... and now to tell her that she will not be coming back next year and not be able to see her friends. How do you tell her that?


healthy11 April 21, 2009

zuzu, I have a couple of questions...Who (public school or private psych) determined your daughter's IEP eligibility category to be "mentally disabled," and what tests did they administer to determine that? If your daughter has ADHD, how are you treating it? Was her 30 minutes of a tutor being provided daily or weekly, and who was providing it? (someone from the public school, or someone in the parochial school?)
I'd like to invite you to join, because there's actually another poster from NJ, who himself was a preemie at just over a pound. He's now 18, and in college to become a special ed teacher himself.

As far as what to tell your daughter, I think you need to distinguish the two things you mentioned...your daughter still CAN see her old friends, but it will be after school and on weekends. You can tell her she will have a chance to meet new friends, and that the new school will have better programs that can help her to learn easier. If she hasn't had a good relationship with this year's teacher, she may actually not be upset with the idea of a different school with different teachers. I understand you're not happy that you weren't given a choice in this matter, but in the long run, the public school should be able to provide more intensive remediation services. You might join the Learning and Attention Difficulties Group at to learn more about the IEP revision process, etc.


TickedOffDad April 24, 2009

Because they are unwilling to pay for the services, especially when they can force the local school district to send over a paraprofessional to do it for them.

Typical of private schools...they want the happy students, not the ones which need help.

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