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WHEN TO EVALUATE YOUR CHILD

WHEN TO EVALUATE YOUR CHILD

A multi-tiered instructional framework, often referred to as RTI, is a school wide approach that addresses the needs of all students, including struggling learners and students with disabilities.

In a memo from Melody Musgrove, Office of Special Education Programs, to State Director of Special Education, Dr. Musgrove says "It has come to the attention of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) that in some instances, local educational agencies may be using RTI (Response to Intervention) to delay or deny a timely evaluation for children suspected of having a disability.

WAITING RARELY WORKS

Public school teachers, principals, and staff are well-intentioned, but many schools don't have the resources to diagnose and treat students with dyslexia.  The teacher might say students develop at different rates and he/she will "catch up."  The school might tell you that your child will be tested in grade 3.  Other personnel may say that the child is reading on grade level when the child is unusually intelligent and should be reading well above grade level.

By the time a child is far enough behind to qualify for an evaluation, the problem has intensified.