At the Candidate Forum on October 2nd, one of the audience members, Jason Clark, who is a pediatrician in our area, asked if it was feasible to have a public school for Special Ed services, like the Charles Armstrong School in Belmont. Aside from raising the money to run such a school, I think this topic warrants a longer discussion, but more importantly it warrants Parent Ed on the topic. There is so much misinformation and non-information out there it is hard to tell if everyone who needs such services is actually receiving these services. As a parent of a child who uses Special Ed services this is a hot button for me. I had a teacher tell me she thought my child should be evaluated but she would NOT say for what. So, we went through a barrage of tests to figure out what was going on with one of our children. Unfortunately teachers are not allowed to say what they think is going on with your child because they are told not to say (fear of law suits, being saddled with Special Ed costs, other liability, state laws, etc.). As a result of our experiences over the last 4 years with the Special Ed processes, my husband and I now have a strong interest in two things: helping other parents figure it out ,and 2) Sensory Processing Disorder (it finally has a name). Please call me if you have an interest in this area and want to learn more. I can be reached at 650-281-8325.
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