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My son has speech problems and adhd with a para. He is amazing in math. It doesn't always show in class but yet he's scored above 90% on every exam. The school is trying to paint it like he's too difficult or "uneven" to be in the gifted program even though he's scored high on all the exams so how is that uneven? Is there something I can do? Challenging work brings out the best in my child.

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Sammy,
Your school district should have published requirements for being in their gifted student program. Review these to see if your son meets the requirements. So long as your son is not disruptive in the class and meets the requirements, they should allow him to participate. Often kids that are really good in a subject, act out because they are bored with what is being taught in the subject -- it is too basic for them.

His para should help him in the gifted class to stay focused and on topic. But if he is disruptive, they have the right to remove him from this class. An alternative that some of my clients have done is to have the student work on gifted student assignments, but in a different classroom. The law says that all of his unique needs must be met.

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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.

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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.

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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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