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Dr. Eric
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School Psychologist and Licensed Educational Psychologist here…

If you are in the U.S., you are entitled to a school-based assessment for consideration for an IEP (services) or 504 (accommodations). If the school is calling you in for a meeting, I suspect that this is what they are considering.

Generally speaking, school-based assessments are different from pediatrician assessments.
– The school-based is narrowly focused on eligibility for school-based programs, not clinical diagnosis or needs.
– Unless you got a comprehensive assessment from a developmental pediatrician or other specialist, general pediatric survey and evals are not very thorough and often do not seek to eliminate potential differential diagnoses.

As always, individual results vary, and the quality of the professional matters more than the letters after the name.