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By Jan Baumel, M.S.
If you suspect that your child may have LD, consult with her teacher and other school staff to decide next steps. A pre-referral support team may be one option.
Remember that the public school is obligated to assess children to see if they have disabilities and need special education services to benefit from their general education program. This is true whether they attend a public or private school. The public school is not legally required to provide a diagnosis, give parents more information for tutors, or qualify children for extra time on college entrance exams.
Under law, LD must be identified by a group of professionals from different fields, a multidisciplinary team, who has assessed your child. While public schools must consider reports you obtained privately, they have the right to assess your child before making any decisions.
Following assessment, the public school team will meet with you to discuss the results and decide if your child is eligible for special education services at the public school. Whether or not she's eligible, evaluation results can be used to plan her educational program, help her understand her learning disabilities, and find ways to be successful.
With the right support and interventions, your child can succeed in school and become a successful adult. You can help her in the following ways:
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