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      My high school child has twice been evaluated by the school and twice we were told yes, she had EFD but maybe it’s more at home and denied services at school. Despite failing, missing grades, getting 60’s for 100’s but turning work in late and totally missing essays and explain questions. My point is she’s not given grades at home and chores ≠ confidence like grades = her value at school. Is there some sliding scale for EFD for assistance? Or is it a black and white yes or no sitch?

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      Hi, Does she have 504? If so, what is her Disability? Did you ask about specific accommodations for EFD? If she doesn’t have a 504 and/or if you feel like the school did not do a thorough evaluation, have you considered an Independent Education Evaluation (private evaluation)? They are expensive, and I think it’s hard to get the school to pay, but it might be worthwhile so you can get additional information about her strengths and weaknesses and things that may not have been diagnosed.
      I’m not a professional, just a mom of a DS with an IEP who majorly struggling with EFD (among other things), but I do not think EFD assistance is black/white, but it’s going to depend on her Disability. I’m in the process of prepping for DS’s IEP review and have found a lot of online resources about specific EFD accommodations, but I’m somewhat discouraged because I feel like by the time they are in high school, there are limits as to what the school is going to do.
      Have you considered an exec functioning coach?

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      Penny Williams

      Sounds to me like she absolutely qualifies for at least a 504 Plan, but maybe an IEP. Your daughter clearly needs assistance. Schools often deny assistance and hope parents will drop it. 🙁

      If you have access to an educational advocate, I highly recommend hiring them to help you push the school to get what your daughter needs and deserves.

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    • #145200

      Since you’ve been through this process with the school twice and they won’t help, hire an advocate immediately. You don’t have much time left for high school. Of course she needs passing grades to leave high school, but what’s more important is to better her skills and increase her overall confidence.

      My son was on a 504 plan in 3rd grade because he was tested and “wasn’t behind enough” for an IEP. He struggled through middle school and high school became a disaster. We had outside testing done which was far more detailed and they discovered issues with his executive functions/working memory, and very low scoring in “inferencing.” Therefore, he was reading text and (1) wasn’t able to remember what he read because of the working memory, and (2) wasn’t able to determine the meaning/read between the lines as to what was being explained due to his lack of inferencing skills. At this point, with my advocate, we were able to get him on an IEP to begin his junior year. (Better late than never).

      While the IEP has been signficantly more helpful than a 504 plan, the key to my son’s success has been hiring an Educational Therapist. She has been able to give him tools to help with the executive functioning issues, and has been working with a lot of various texts to work on inferencing skills. Not only have his grades come up significantly, but his confidence has made significant improvement. That alone helps with the overall school experience. While and Educational Therapist is not provided through the schools, it is a good supplement to school services.

      Keep pushing Momma! Wishing you the best!!

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