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How to Evaluate Your Child Have you ever heard parents say they are worried about their child they are not sure why They know that something just seems different but they dont know what to do Perhaps someone outside the family is concerned that a child is behind his or her peers That person isnt sure how to get help for the child As a parent of a child with ADHD I found myself wondering where to go for information and how to begin my search The steps to take are summarizing your childs needs researching your local options and contacting local resources Before you start calling people make a list summarizing your childs situation This will help you describe your childs needs in a succinct way List these facts Gender Age Grade in school Name and type of school public or private Identification Diagnosis For example He has an auditory processing problem Observations For example My son cant remember what he has heard after the teacher gives instructions Type of specialist needed eg tutor advocate be as specific as possible I t may also be helpful to set up a resource notebook to organize all the information you will be gathering The next step is researching your local options When searching for local resources consider all possible sources of information including educators and parents in your community Contact the special education director of your local school district your childs teachers school counselor after-school program director parks and recreation department and sympathetic coaches Check with other parents who have children with learning differences Those people may refer you to others in the community and your network will expand Whether you are searching in the telephone book or online directories the following categories and
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