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Unfortunately, there is a social stigma of being “labeled” as a special needs child. For this reason, many parents are afraid to seek help and/or will overlook any developmental issues that they may see with their child. This can lead to a lack in early intervention services or special education services. As a result, there are many children who do not get the services that they need until they are much older.
Do not be afraid in getting your child evaluated!
The reality is that some children may need help or be a little “different.” Whether they are not meeting their developmental milestones or struggling with academic concepts, putting off seeking help does not mean your child’s delays or deficits will go unnoticed.
Parents often find that children with developmental, social or learning issues will often act out because they are frustrated, cannot communicate appropriately, or are struggling with a particular concept. This behavior can also become worse and lead to more severe issues such as suspension/expulsion, depression or even more significant delays. When parents seek services early and obtain an evaluation, it will provide the answers they need to finally understand what is going on with their child.
Evaluations provide you with data to determine what areas your child is having difficulty in and can provide you with recommendations to help your child. Many parents fear that if their child is evaluated and found to have a disability, they will automatically be sent to a “special education classroom.” However, this is not the case. Many students who are found eligible to receive special education services are educated with their general education peers. Another fear that I hear from many parents is that there child will be in special education “forever.” This is also not the case. I have seen several children who did not need to receive special education services after a number of years. They were able to get the help they needed and then no longer qualified for special education services. This is a great thing!
So remember, there is no fear in getting your child evaluated. If they do qualify for special education services, they will get the help they need to be successful in the future.