Every Child is Different


Every Child is Different

As a parent or guardian you know your child best.  Because of this, your ideas, opinions, and input are very important in mapping out the best possible education for him or her.  Children learn at different speeds and in different ways. Some children are born with disabilities, and others are identified once they are in preschool or later.  If your child learns differently, this does not necessarily mean that he or she has a disability. 

If English is not your child’s first language, be sure that his or her language needs are being addressed and are not affecting the decision about whether or not to make a referral for evaluation for special education services.  It is not appropriate to refer a student due to language acquisition needs or any other issues related to being an English Language Learner. 

If your child is not experiencing success in school there are many supports and interventions that can be used before making a referral for evaluation for special education services.  Beginning in September 2012, for students in kindergarten through 5th grade, “Response to Intervention” (RtI) should be used prior to making a referral. This means that scientific, research-based interventions will be implemented and monitored for progress in the general education classroom to support your child's needs before a referral is made. 

For example, if your child is struggling with learning how to read, small group interventions and supplementary instruction might be used before making a referral. For more information, please refer to the section
Response to Intervention (RtI).

If it is determined that a referral for evaluation should be made or if you would like to request an evaluation at any time, the next steps are outlined in the section, What is a referral.