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In order to see if you child might have special education needs, you must request assessments in all suspected areas of disability. It is not automatic that your child will qualify for an IEP. You must prove need. That's where the assessments come in. What you first need to do is to write a letter to the school, address it to the principal or whoever is in charge of the IEPs. Once you submit the letter, have them date stamp it, and give you a copy back. You need to check the timelines in your own state. In the state of California, the timelines are 15, 15, and 60. What that means is once you submit your letter to the school, the school has 15 days to provide an assessment plan to sign off, approving the assessments be conducted. You actually have 15 days to sign the assessment plan, but we always suggest that you sign them right away and get the assessments going. Once you sign the assessment plan, the school has 60 days to conduct the assessments and hold the IEP to discuss the results. If your child is receiving any intervention services, that should not slow down the timelines in your state regarding assessments.

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Dennise Goldberg

IEP Expert & President of Gold Standard Advocates

Dennise Goldberg is the owner of Special Education Advisor, a community of parents, educators, and special education service providers dedicated to helping families with children who have special needs understand their special education rights and receive appropriate special education services. Dennise also works as a Special Education Advocate in Southern California through her company, Gold Standard Advocates.  In this capacity she has helped children with all forms of disabilities receive a Free Appropriate Public Education. She is also the mother of a beautiful 11-year old boy who has dealt with developmental delays, apraxia of speech, fine motor delays, sensory issues, gross motor delays, and now has a learning disability (auditory processing disorder).

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