Referral Process - How Do I Get Help?
All children who are educationally disabled are entitled by law to special education and/or related services that will meet their needs. Special Education assures that each student will have a free and appropriate education. It provides classified students with teachers specially trained in individualized teaching techniques, the use of special materials and the adaptation of standard materials.
In East Ramapo, we offer a full continuum of services to our classified students. Special Education programs are provided in various types of settings throughout the district. Placement is the location that has been determined to be the least restrictive environment for a given student.
So as a parent of a child who is struggling in school, what can you do to help him/her? If you think that they may have a speech and language disorder that is affecting their academic performance, you can start the process of determining eligibility for your child. Many schools have a Child Study Team consisting of a psychologist or social worker, speech therapist and special education teacher. Contact the Child Study Team or your school's liason to East Ramapo to discuss their recommendations. There may be things that can be done in the classroom to help your child before you even start to have him/her evaluated.
Flowchart of the process (from Sheila Hudson's site)