How do I know if my child needs special education services?
Children who have difficulties that interfere with their ability to go to school and learn may need special education services. Some general areas of difficulties include:
Physical development. Some children may have trouble learning to walk, move or work with small objects.
Speech and language development. Some children may have a very difficult time learning to speak clearly and/or understand what is said to them.
Academic development. Some children may have great difficulty learning to read, write or do arithmetic. Young children may have trouble with pre-school skills such as learning shapes and colors.
Thinking/Memory skills. Some children may have more difficulty than others in remembering what they see or hear. As a result, it may be a challenge for them to solve problems in daily living or schoolwork.
Attention/Perception skills. Some children may have difficulty processing or understanding information. As a result, it may be hard for them to pay attention or follow directions.
Social/Emotional development. Some children may have trouble managing their feelings and/or behavior. They may find it very difficult to get along with others. It may be hard for them to make friends or to cope with changes in their lives.
Living skills. Some children may be challenged by day-to-day activities such as dressing, feeding themselves or taking care of their basic health and grooming needs.
Other health conditions Some children have serious or chronic medical conditions that may interfere with school attendance or learning.
What should I do if I believe my child needs special education?
Call the PUSD Hodges Center at (626) 396-5900 for assistance for children up to 5 years old. Should your child need assessment for special education services you will be asked to give permission for the assessment in writing.
What is involved in an assessment for special education services?
An assessment involves gathering information about your child to determine whether your child has a disability. An assessment may include individual testing, observation, interviews and reviews of school records, reports or work samples.
How long will the assessment take?
If the District feels that an assessment is necessary, you will be asked to sign an Assessment Plan. If the District decides not to assess your child you have the right to appeal. Once the District has received your signed Assessment Plan the assessment must be completed and the results shard with you at an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting within 50 days.
What can I expect at an IEP meeting?
You will be invited to an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting which will be held to share the results of your child’s assessment and determine if your child has special needs which make him or her eligible for special education services. If your child is eligible, the IEP will describe the services and programs they may need. If the District determines that your child is not eligible you have the right to appeal the decision.