3 Apr : The parent should contact the child’s school and arrange for testing and evaluation. Federal law requires that public school districts provide special education and related services to children who need them.
If these tests indicate that the child requires special educational services, the school evaluation team (planning and placement team) will meet to develop an individual educational plan (IEP) geared to the child’s needs. The IEP describes in detail an educational plan designed to remediate and compensate for the child’s difficulties.
Simultaneously, the parent should take the child to the family pediatrician for a complete physical examination. The child should be examined for correctable problems (e.g. poor vision or hearing loss) that may cause difficulty in school.