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Posted by J Gilbert on October 01, 2000 at 17:46:30:

In Reply to: daughter has adhd posted by michelle on September 29, 2000 at 06:08:38:

The Child psychlogist referred from your family doctor is probably your best route, but in some areas there are few qualified professionals. Fortuantely since you have indicated that it is affecting your daughters school you have another option (but I would reserve this as your last optionIf the solutions already suggested do not work, or as is sometimes the case, the expense is not covered by insurance,) you can make a formal request through the school and they are obligated to comply. To do this you must schedule a meeting with the special ed and or school administrator and literally tell them you wish to request your child be evaluated for eligibility for any special services or learning disablilities. This service is available to any child that is showing an inability to learn under a very broad definition, its free, and its guranteed by law. The DOWNSIDE is, they will do a battery of tests that are evaluating your child for ANY disabilities, not just ADD, and the testing is only as good as the testors.(ADD can and is misdiagnosed, as are many other problems) In other words, you have to decide how capable you feel your county or schools employees are,(ask them for there credentials) BUT you still have one last option, and can request that the testing be done outside school by an independant tester, again at no cost to you.

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