By Jan Baumel, M.S.
Being a parent isn't easy. Parenting a child with learning and/or attention problems is even more challenging because you may be involved with a variety of professionals during your child's education. Here's a brief list of some of them and an explanation of the services they provide.
Attorney: provides legal assistance to parents about issues pertaining to federal and state special education laws and regulations.
Advocate: represents parents in legal issues related to special education but may not have legal training.
Audiologist: assesses for degree of hearing loss and advises on devices for hearing amplification.
Child psychiatrist: specializes in the assessment and treatment of behavior and emotional aspects of infants, children, and adolescents; medical doctor who can prescribe medication.
Clinical psychologist: provides non-medical diagnosis and therapeutic treatment of emotional and behavioral problems for individuals or groups.
Developmental behavioral pediatrician: focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of developmental disorders in children; medical doctor who can prescribe medication.
Educational psychologist: administers psychological and educational assessments, prepares written report that interprets test results and behavior, and consults regarding education and behavior.
Educational therapist: assesses educational needs; develops and carries out programs for school-related behavior and learning problems, especially LD. Usually a private practitioner.
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