How to get IEP for son with PDD-NOS but scores in normal range on tests.
My 9 yr old is getting ready to start 4th grade that was diagnosed with PDD-NOS last year. Since 1st grade he has struggled with reading and comprehension and participated in reading recovery and Rti each year. His test scores on the MAZE comprehension test in the start of 3rd grade shows just inside the bottom of the normal range (9) and Lexile of 425. His test at the end of the year went down to 7 and Lexile of 380L. This decline also happened in 2nd grade. His report card does not reflect a poor grade though in reading. Would the testing results be enough to get an IEP? His behavior in school is perfect but somewhat keeps to himself. He works very hard all day to keep it together but totally melts when he gets home. He internalizes most of his anxiety during the day and we had three or four instances of him wetting himself during the day but teacher was not aware. Any insight you can provide to help us get him resources needed would be appreciated. We also pay for him to attend a social group and OT.
Put a request for a referral for special education testing in writing and send it to the principal of the school and copy the special education director. The fact that his scores show a decline despite his passing grades is justification for testing. Ask to see his achievement scores each year and see how much progress has been made to see if it appears adequate. I would also ask for the school counselor to attend the referral meeting to discuss his anxiety and social skills. There are some very good resources on PDDNOS and techniques for reducing anxiety and improving social skills. The Autism Society has good resources.