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After the Evaluation

A business meeting

What you will find on this page:

  • Understanding the evaluator's report 

  • Commonly recommended accommodations and treatment options for dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD

  • What to do if you don't agree with the school evaluation

  • How to hold your child's school responsible 

  • Finding an advocate

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Understanding the evaluator's report

You've gone through so much to get your child evaluated, and now you're reading the report and you have many questions. While most evaluators will explain their report to you in person, these glossaries will help you ask more informed questions. It will also help you hold your child's school accountable for implementing any strategies or accommodations recommended in the evaluator's report. 


Want to know more about the IEP and 504? Go to All About The IEP/504

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Commonly recommended accommodations and treatment options

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What to do if you don't agree with the school evaluation

Always remember that you know your child better than anyone else, so if you don't agree with any part of the school evaluation, you can do the following:

  • Schedule a meeting with school administration and ask as many informed questions as you can to try to understand their perspective.

  •  Ask for another evaluation or a type of evaluation they did not provide. This is why it is so important to know the types of evaluations for each learning difference.

  • Find an advocate who will attend meetings with you, help you formulate your questions, and ask for additional evaluations.

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How to hold your child's school responsible

Is your school refusing to accept the recommendations for accommodations from an outside evaluator? 

A school may claim that they do not have to accept the diagnosis or recommendations for accommodations provided by a private clinician. However, you still have the ability to convince them to accept everything an outside evaluator suggests. Much like the steps suggested in the previous section, you need to do the following:

  • Get an advocate to help you understand the report, prepare for a meeting with school administration, and help you understand your legal rights. 


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Finding an advocate

Did you know there are advocates who specialize in supporting parents of children with special education needs? Advocates...

  • attend IEP and other school meetings, 

  • help you prepare for the meetings

  • can help you understand the evaluation report and recommendations

  • can help you find legal support if necessary


Make a list of what you would like in an advocate because not all advocates have equal experience and knowledge with the specific educational needs of your child. 

Read this extensive guide for how to find an advocate. 

Learn more about when you may need an attorney, not just an advocate

If you are in Ohio, here are a few resources that will help you find advocates and legal support

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