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.
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.
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.
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.