Each year as the school year begins, parents are faced with the important role of advocating for their children. All parents do this. However, those parents who advocate for their children with special needs often find the responsibility to be daunting and, at times, seemingly impossible to manage. Marie Toole, MS, OTR/L, has been working with and assisting these particular parents for many years in their quest to provide their students with the best quality education. In an effort to help her readers, she has shared an informative, parent-friendly article that can ease the journey for them. She also offers a link to her blog, “Occupational Therapy Evaluations in the School: How do they work?”
by Marie Toole, MS, OTR/L
on the School Tools From Your Pediatric Occupational Therapist Blog
On the School Tools Blog I share information monthly with parents about how you can help your child. This month we will discuss how to access services for your child if you have concerns about his development or academic achievement. From birth to three years old, you as a parent have access to services through Early Intervention or EI services. Generally, your pediatrician or health care provider can steer you towards access to services at this early age. In the state I live in, New Hampshire, the state is divided into regions to best coordinate EI care. Providers work for Area Agencies within those regions that get some state and federal funding. Those agencies are responsible for evaluating and servicing children with developmental issues or delays in motor, speech, or social-emotional areas. In your state, these agencies might be called something else but your pediatrician can help you access their services if they are warranted.
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