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    hsmom2many is offline Junior Member
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    Default Help deciding how to go about getting a diagnosis.

    Help! I need advice on testing/evaluating for a possible learning disability. My 6 1/2 yos was just diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder and his OT told me that she thinks he might have a learning disability. She said he seems to be processing slow. My understanding is that it could be from his sensory issues or it could be a visual processing problem, an auditory processing problem or a combination of factors. So now I have to get a full evaluation for learning disabilities. I am extremely reluctant to go through the school district but everyone tells me that insurance will never cover that type of eval. On the other hand, they said that about the SPD eval and IL Medicaide ended up covering it. Here's the thing, his SPD areas are primarily vestibular, tactile and auditory. Knowing this, do I still need to get a full eval by a psychologist or is it safe to assume that he needs an Audiologist to evaluate for auditory processing disorder? Also, for those of you who were homeschooling before getting an eval. did you go through the school district and would you recommend it or would you recommend getting it done privately if possible?
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    Angela
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    Hi Angela,

    My daughter has been tested by both the school district and by several neuropsychologists. I do not recommend the school district if you can afford to see a neuropsychologist. Both times my daughter saw a neuropsychologist it was covered by our insurance. The testing process is lengthy but a good neuropsychologist will put your child at ease and make the testing as "fun" as possible. Depending on your child's needs they will schedule more shorter sessions or less longer sessions to complete their evaluation. The information you will receive from a good neuropsychologist will be extremely valuable in planning your child's academic program. Ask around to find one that gives specific, detailed academic recommendations. Your local Children's hospital will certainly have a neuropsychologist as well. Also, if you want to pursue services through your public school you do not need to have your child re-tested- they should use your test results that you had done privately. Our daughter received occupational therapy through our public school system even while she attended a private school. Even if your child is homeschooled she can get services (you probably already know this) through the school district. You will be so glad that you had your child tested. My daughter is now twelve and has accomodations. She has visual motor/visual spatial challenges and is an auditory learner. Handwriting and math, in addition to her motor skills were and are a concern, but thanks to early intervention she's doing quite well! In terms of an audiologist I think it's a good idea to have them check your child out to cover all of your bases, but I don't think they will give you the answers you need in terms of the auditory processing issue. True auditory processing deficit is a brain issue and not a hearing issue. Maybe others can correct me if I'm wrong, this is my non-expert understanding...

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    I am not certain about your medicaid coverage for IL. I would start by having your childs therapist write a very explanatory letter of her concerns and findings. I would take that letter to your sons primary and specialists asap and request their help in finding the next channel of specialist help for your son. I would also go to the human services department/social services and find out what type of services they have intact for your community for children with special needs. There may be special need program through your county school district. I would look into this as well and have him tested there and that should be free as well. I hope that this helps.
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    I was in NY when both my sons were diagnosed and the way I went about it was I went to apply for social security for them and took the notes the school had provided and he was tested for free by them and got their diagnosis. My oldest son is mentally handicapped, ADHD, O.D.D., Speech and Language Impaired, Mildly Autistic and Behaviorally impaired. My middle son is hearing impaired and speech and language impaired. My youngest son was speech and language impaired but with speech therapy he grew out of it. I've heard that's how a few people have gotten their diagnosis for free.

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