Special Education Parent Information

Referring Your Child For Special Education

Referring Your Child For Special Education

If you are concerned that your child may have a disability and needs accommodations or services in the school, as a parent, you have the right to make a referral for your child to have a full case study evaluation. You can follow these simple steps:

1. Write a letter including your child’s name, grade and teacher. State your concerns for your child, and indicate that you are requesting a special education evaluation. You may send this letter to your child’s teacher or the principal.

2. If you need assistance with making this request, please contact the building principal or teacher directly and verbally tell them that you are requesting an evaluation for special education services.

3. After special education staff receive this referral, they will have 14 school days to respond to your request and either conduct the evaluation, or tell you why they don’t think it’s appropriate. You will receive a booklet with your parent right, or procedural safeguards at this time.

See more detailed information regarding this process and all other aspects of special educations procedures by following the link below.

Special Education Parent’s Guide

Special Education Parent’s Guide

Special Education Parent’s Guide from the Illinois State Board of Education will provide you with everything you need to know to be an active participant in your child’s education. If you have specific questions or would like one of our staff members to explain some of these rights and procedures, please contact Alison Storm or Kristin Korte at 618-635-8230.

Family Support Services

Family Support Services

The Illinois Center for Autism (ICA) provides family support services to students and families everywhere, regardless of if your child has autism or attends ICA. If you are interested in what they may have to offer you and your child, please contact them directly, or call Alison Storm, Director of SMASE.

Early Intervention Services

Early Intervention Services

If you suspect that your child may have a developmental delay, there is help for children from birth to three years old. Early Intervention (EI) provides services for children before the reach school age. When they turn three, the school district coordinates with EI to determine appropriate services and to transition children to Pre-K, Early Childhood, or bring in services. The earlier children receive intervention, the more likely they are to overcome challenges. Some areas to pay attention to are: Cognition (thinking and reasoning skills), speech and language, fine motor (small muscle movement), gross motor (large muscle movement), social skills, and self-help skills. Please click on the link below for contact information.

Early Intervention

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