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Parent asks: what is a 'response to intervention' and why won't the school just test for a learning disability?

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"My school wants to use something called “response to intervention” with my 1st grader. Why won’t they just test her for a learning disability? She’s having a hard time in school and it’s taking a toll on her self-esteem. I want her to get help ASAP!"
In Topics: Learning disabilities
> 60 days ago

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DrSheldonHorowitz
May 6, 2009
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You may be luckier than you think! Jumping from “struggle” to “testing” is not the best way to make sure your child will get the help she needs to succeed in school. RTI is a system or approach to delivering high-quality instruction to all students and making adjustments for those who struggle based on student data. Another way to think about RTI is to focus first on the learning environment and the type of instruction that is being provided. Before assuming that your child may have a learning disability, take a very careful look at whether she has been afforded carefully designed and well-delivered instruction. (Visit www.RTINetwork.org to learn more about RTI and how special education “testing” is incorporated into RTI approaches.) And as for addressing your daughter’s self-esteem issues, don’t wait! Nothing boosts confidence in school like academic success, but given that this might take a while, reach out to school personnel and make sure that your child feels respected and appreciated for her hard work and her many areas of strength and talent!
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EDUCATIONISIMPORTANT
EDUCATIONIS... writes:
Put your daughter in a different school find someone who will help and give your daughter a disability test. Good luck even know it is the end of the school year do it next year help her get through it.
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AZMom
AZMom writes:
RTI is a great program.  Basically your child will get individual attention and a customized learning plan.  Children may not always have a disability when they struggle in school.  Too often we parents want to label our kids.  RTI will gather data, provide interventions and then determine whether further testing is needed.  It does take a little longer but in most cases they get help right away.
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LDSolutions , Child Professional writes:
The sooner a child with a learning disability gets the help he/she needs the sooner this child can learn.  So many parents tell me that they didn't act quick enough, they waited too long for the schools to finally take action.  Later they regreted this wait.  Your window of opportunity is very small.  A child that is diagnosed with a learning disability in Kindergarten and beginning of First Grade - has a higher chance of becoming a strong, successful student later in his/her lifetime.  A child that gets the remediation much later in life, spends most of his/her time playing "catch-up."  The window of opportunity for Intervention is Kindergarten through middle of First Grade.  After that it is called Remediation.  You should write and date a letter to the school stating that you would like to have your child tested for a learning difference.  By law, the school has 15 days to get a plan in place for your child.  Then they have 60 days to undergo the testing.  You can also go outside of the school and get a private evaluation by a clinical educational psychologist or neuropsychologist.  See if your insurance covers this. Good luck, and keep us informed!
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