School services for children with disabilities

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School services for children with disabilities

Parents are often concerned that if their child's school performance isn't going well that they may have an underlying disability that is causing them problems. They are worried about what services they can get and how they can get those services. Examples of some of those common disabilities would attention problems, such as ADHD or learning disabilities. Sometimes there are health conditions like a brain injury or a seizure disorder or something like that, that it impacting how the child is learning. Certainly, parents want to start by talking to the classroom teacher, just to get an idea of how the child is doing relative to other kids, and then start to engage a team of professionals available at schools. Often times, in Special Services or Special Education Departments, where they'll do a larger evaluation. That might include cognitive evaluation, academic evaluation, assessment of learning, social and emotional kinds of issues. That team comes back together with the parent to come up with a plan to determine what sort of services that child is going to need to meet that child's needs. Sometimes that's a different classroom. Sometimes that's different teaching strategies. Sometimes that's mild accommodations that the child needs just to help the performance in the classroom.

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Peter L. Stavinoha, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist in Dallas, Texas.  He directs the Neuropsychology Service at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and he is Professor in Psychology/Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He was named Distinguished Psychologist for 2005 by the Dallas Psychological Association. Dr. Stavinoha specializes in the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional aspects of developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury in children. As a general parenting expert, he is regularly interviewed in the media, Dallas morning television, Parents and Parenting Magazines, and numerous parenting blogs. Together with Sara Bridget Au, he is co-author of Stress-Free Potty Training. He has also authored several chapters in scholarly texts on subjects ranging from pediatric concussion to brain tumors in children. Dr. Stavinoha received a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Stavinoha completed a residency in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Stavinoha has a 16-year old son named Joe.

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