Special Education/Tech eval follow up


My sons evaluation was done by an occupational therapist with some background in tech. No knowledge of speech she said or grade level educational apps

How can I draft a letter to district explaining this is not a reasonable tech evaluation.

The evaluator treated my son like severely autistic because that's her clientele.

All she recommended was awful spinning graphic rewards.

He doesn't like anything like that.

He hates pecs.  He's tuned out entirely to them.

He's fully verbal just with trouble expressing himself properly.  He understands fine. His verbal expression is good for what he knows. Very poor when he needs to express more in depth or outside of his knowledge.
He's years behind BUT with some decent language skills isolated. Much of the problem lies with his selective attention to boot. But he's very bright. And needs peers

I know software can help him but the district checked off doing an inappropriate eval.

Can I complain to the state?

They're dangling his placement all the time to get me to not ask for much.


States only get involved when the school fails to fulfill the requirements of an IEP (Compliance Complaint) or when there is a safety issue (Safety Complaint). I think you best bet is to meet with the head of special education in your district (as I recommended in my previous answer).

Technically the district conducted an Assistive Technology Evaluation. Unfortunately, they were not able to assess you son's needs. I believe a speech and language pathologist should do the evaluation to determine what his needs are. The trick is going to be finding one that has experience with kids having disabilities like your son's.

If the director of special education doesn't help, then make an appointment with the Superintendent.

Good luck.

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Questions concerning special education: IEP, assessments, Due Process, mediation, resolution conference, federal law, state law, qualifying for services, residential treatment, special day classes, resource specialists, procedures, having your child assessed, adaptive PE, speech & language, non-public school, FAPE, and tuition reimbursement.


I have been an education advocate representing students and parents for six years. My experience includes: representing my clients in IEPs, SSTs, Due Process, review assessment results for my clients, and mediations. I have represented clients with learning disabilities, autism, Downs Syndrome, cognitively challenged, emotional problems, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, and physical disabilities. I have also represented clients to County Mental Health Departments and Regional Centers. My clients range from pre-school to college students in many states.

I have a degree in Mathematics from the University of California with minors in Psychology and Physics. I also studied applied statistics in psychology at the graduate level. I have taught college classes, conducted seminars, written articles for various publications, and testified as an expert witness.

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