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Your Partners: Independent Evaluators and Educational Consultants
Consult with a private-sector psychologist, educational diagnostician, or consultant to develop goals for your child. Your consultant will give you valuable information and help. Your consultant may:
Types of Consultants / Evaluators
Depending on your childs disability and age, you may work with different specialists:
Finding a Consultant
Look for a consultant who is knowledgeable about your childs disability, child development, and special education. Ideally, your consultant will be available to work with you and your family for the long haul. In addition to making recommendations about your childs educational program, your consultant should attend school meetings to support these recommendations.
Contact advocacy groups and organizations that represent individuals with your childs disability and ask them to recommend consultants.
Contact medical centers childrens hospitals, mental health centers, and clinics.
Ask other parents for recommendations.
Contact private special education schools and ask for their recommended consultants.
Before long, you will have a short list
of recommendations from different groups and individuals. You will probably
find your consultant in this list.
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