The Dragonfly Forest

They have been given names such as devil’s darning needle, ear sewer, horse stinger, skeeter hawk, and the snake’s servant. Actually, Dragonflies are beneficial, peaceful, and stunning. You are a Dragonfly if you are: ADD/ADHD, dyslexic, dysgraphic, Asperger’s, NLVD, autistic…

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Parenting Dragonflies - difference between diagnostic testing and school testing

Being a parent of a Dragonfly can be very challenging.  It is mentally and physically exhausting trying to learn everything to help your child.  You can hit a few brick walls trying to get appropriate help and support for your child, especially at school.  

Some parents have been told that they do not need to obtain an outside diagnosis for their child because the school did that already.  What the school knows that a parent may not know is that an official clinical diagnosis requires the school to provide research based interventions conducive to that diagnosis. 

For example, the "diagnosis" from the school may be 'Specific Learning Disability' in Reading Comprehension but this may actually be just part of the child's Asperger's.  The school may not even realize the child has Asperger's or if they do, they may not actually put this down in writing on the report.  Either way, the child's needs will not fully be met.   

Here is a link to an article about the difference between a diagnostic evaluation and a school evaluation to help Dragonfly parents become fully informed.  Every parent of a Dragonfly knows the value of being informed - keep up the good work!!

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