Get the Gears Rolling on Your Child's IEP

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2. Make or Get a Referral

Refer your child (or get your child's teacher or doctor to make a referral) for an assessment for special education.

The referral process usually begins at an earlier age for children with severe, low-incidence disabilities (such as autism or Down syndrome) because certain disabilities are more noticeable at a younger age. As children grow older, referral reasons change as academic demands increase.