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  •  IEP's don't rely on medical DX (8+ / 0-)

    they are based on classifications made up by the fed, those classifications are often based on medical conditions, but not always. Learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, social maladjustment, communication impaired, are a few that do not require a medical workup. These can be determined by speech therpists, social workers, and school psychologists. Often, though, parents will have had a medical workup already finished by the time they get to the school's team; sometimes a school can override a doctor's recommendation, because it doesn't meet the state's criteria. For example, a doctor can say the kid has learning disabilities, but the school's tests, usually a Woodcock-Johnson and an IQ test ( the best is the WISC but some use the Kaufman or the DAS; they should alll be around the same score but sometimes show differences ) will not show it. That's where we get into difficulty; kids can be 'slow" but not LD; also they can be "bright" but have an LD. Thing s is, so called "slow" kids benefit from the same interventions as LD kids, which puts the whole thing into question....i know a professor at a college in Nj who is getting higher functioning Down's students into college classes and they are actually "getting" it. Fascinating stuff.

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