Eligibility Testing For Special Education | Special Education Decoded

– Hey there, I’m Luke. In today’s episode, we’re gonna discuss private facility versus public schools when it comes to special
education eligibility testing. Specifically, we will discuss
the following four areas of eligibility testing. Number one, the people involved
in the testing process. Number two, what each
type of facility uses for eligibility testing. Number three, the evaluation process for eligibility testing. And number four, the cost of private versus public school eligibility testing. All of this and so much
more on today’s episode of Special Education Decoded. (energetic music) Before we dive in and talk
about eligibility testing, I’m hoping you can help. On the bottom right-hand
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the word Subscribe on that. Click it real quick. Thank you so much. Let’s dive in and help shed some light on yet another confusing
special education topic, special education eligibility testing in private facilities
versus public schools. Now you as a parent may have noticed that your child is having
difficulty with some things. It could be academic related, or struggling with social interactions, or maybe even some
potential speech concerns. It may be time to pursue
testing your child to see if an underlying issue is present. I know this topic is
tough for many parents because it was for me. My wife kept saying we
should get our son tested since he was delayed in most categories, but I was concerned about
having a label placed on him. Now that’s a discussion
for a different video. In fact, we have one already discussing the pros and cons of labeling. If you’re interested, go check it out. Anyway, once I moved
past the label portion, I quickly realized I should
have listened to my wife and taken this step much sooner. If you’re struggling like I did, even taking the first step
and getting your child tested, there are tons of reasons why you should deeply consider doing this sooner rather than later. So why would you wanna
get your child tested? Well, there’s a lot of reasons. Your child can gain services
specific to their needs. Their academic path becomes
much more tailored toward them. Your child may receive
specialized services outside of school, including
things such as speech, occupational therapy,
physical therapy, ABA. Getting tested now may help to catch the underlying issue early. When your child receives
specialized assistance, this will most likely help lead to much improved self-confidence. And finally, you as their parent will know the underlying issue, which will make it much,
much easier to help when you know the problem. Now the list of reasons
to get your child tested could take up the entire
length of this video, but you get the idea. So once you choose to
get your child tested, you’ll have some options. Today we’re gonna cover two of those. Number one, private facility,
and number two, public school. Let’s start with the differences between the two eligibility
testing options I just named. The people who are involved in the eligibility testing process, in a private facility you’ll
most often see medical doctors, pediatric neuropsychologists,
speech-language pathologists and clinical psychologists. In a public school, you will interact with special education teachers, they’re experts in teaching, educational specialists,
now these folks are experts in 504 plans and specialize in all areas of special education. There will most likely be an
educational diagnostician. In simple terms, these are the people who test what a child
knows and doesn’t know. And finally, school psychologists. The second item we will cover is what’s used for the eligibility test. In a private facility, they use DSM-5, which is Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the Fifth Edition. This manual is published by the American Psychiatric Association. It’s the principal authority
for psychiatric diagnosis. Most health care providers work
off of a DSM classification. However, the diagnosis received may not be impacting
your child academically. A private facility may
diagnose disabilities that aren’t included in IDEA, Individuals with Disability Education Act, or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Both diagnosis and disabilities
are considered ongoing here. Regarding public school
eligibility testing, they use conditions based on IDEA, or Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act. They must be identified under one or more of the 13 disability categories. Now this list includes specific
learning disability or SLD, other health impairment,
autism spectrum disorder, ASD, emotional disturbance, speech
or language impairment, visual impairment, including blindness, deafness, hearing
impairment, deaf-blindness, orthopedic impairment,
intellectual disability, traumatic brain injury,
and multiple disabilities. Also, the disability must
impact children academically. And finally, in public schools
children are reassessed every three years. This redetermines eligibility. Next let’s discuss the eligibility testing evaluation process, starting
with private facilities. Using this type of environment, a physical exam may take place, along with possible medical testing. In public schools, the process always involves classroom observation. The team will research
overall academic experience. There are some similarities
between the process that both private facilities
and public schools use. This includes parent interviews,
asking teachers for input, either in person or using a questionnaire, standardized testing, complete
mental health screenings and a review of the medical history for both the child and family. Lastly, let’s discuss the cost of private versus public school eligibility testing. Now for private eligibility testing, there are really two ways
this process is paid for, either through an insurance
company or out-of-pocket. For public school eligibility testing, the district provides the
funding, so no cost to you. Now there are some
important things to note when discussing eligibility testing. Neither option guarantees your
child will receive services. Also, private testing doesn’t automatically
qualify for a 504 plan. Your child will still
need to be found eligible. The length of time for this entire process will vary substantially. As an example, most
schools are allowed 65 days to complete the process,
which includes testing, observations, data collection
and the review of information. Now once all of that is complete, an eligibility meeting is scheduled. For private facilities, they may get everything
completed much faster. However, the process may not be as in-depth as public schools. That wraps up our discussion
about private facilities versus public schools when it comes to special education eligibility testing. If you’re searching for
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to help you fight for the exact tools your child needs to reach their excellence. The best part, it’s free to start. I truly hope this video helped you understand more about
the two testing options, or at the very least opens up your mind to ask more questions for your child. If you like what you saw, please consider
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simplify the crazy world of special education. From all of us at specialedresource.com, thank you for watching this episode of Special Education Decoded. We’ll catch you in the next video. (electricity zaps)

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