The Benefits of Having an Evaluation

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The Benefits of Having an Evaluation

The Benefits of Having an Evaluation | LA County Special Education

It can feel harrowing to have your child go through his first evaluation for special education services. Neither of you may know what to expect, and you may be concerned about how the evaluator will label your child. Simply knowing about the benefits of an evaluation can help set your mind at ease and reassure you that this will be a positive and helpful experience

An Evaluation Lets Your Child Receive Necessary Help

Before your child can receive an Individualized Education Plan from the school district or receive any special education services, he will need to have an evaluation showing that these services are necessary. Look at this as the first step in getting specialized services and support, such as accommodations, speech therapy, tutoring, or occupational therapy. If this support is recommended by the evaluator, your child will be able to receive it free from the public school district according to federal and state law.

An Evaluation Shows How You Can Help Your Child

This evaluation may also be eye-opening for you as you see just where your child needs help. You will better understand your child’s needs, whether they be academic, emotional, physical, or social. This will let you provide targeted help for your child at home, such as with assistive technology or sensory toys.

An Evaluation Can Help Your Child Feel More Confident

It may surprise you to see just how much better the evaluation can make your child feel. Many children are happy to find that their struggles can be named and that they are not the only ones going through these problems.

If this is your first time going through an evaluation for one of your children, it is almost expected that you will feel out of your element. However, you do not have to go through this process on your own. There are plenty of people in your school district who will most likely be more than happy to talk to you about the process so that you and your child know what to expect. If you cannot find anyone you can trust in your school district, reach out to a special education attorney from Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman Attorneys at Law. We have helped many families get through school evaluations as well as independent evaluations, and we would be proud and delighted to help you do the same.