Children with disabilities are entitled to special education in the public schools. A child who is not receiving appropriate services has a legal issue.
Watch for the following characteristics:
- lagging academic performance
- behavior problems
- lack of interest in school
At regular check-ups, ask parents about the child’s school performance. The child might have a learning disability or other disability that has not been diagnosed that is interfering with school progress. If the parent feels the child is not getting what the child needs at school, a legal advocate with knowledge about special education can provide advice.
This power point will acquaint you with the special education system and help you know when to refer your patient to the legal team of the Medical-Legal Partnership.