Reader Letter, Special Needs

by Julie Fletcher

Just today I received my first reader letter with a question. I’m thrilled to publish it here along with my answer. If you have a question about family life you’d like to ask, just email me at . Be sure to include if you would like for the email to be published on the blog.

Dear Julie,
I read your blog often and I have a question, if you have time to answer. You wrote about special needs and school systems in September. My daughter is learning disabled and I am not happy with the class she is in. How can I go about having her moved to a different classroom? I hope you can help me.

Amy in New York

I always have time! You’re in luck because I live in New York, too. Not NYC, though the same rules apply throughout the state.

What you need to do is contact your daughter’s school and ask to speak with their Special Education Teacher. Once you are in contact with her, ask where you should send a letter requesting a re-evaluation of your daughter and her skills. Write a detailed letter that addresses your concerns and request the evaluations. Your school system cannot rightfully deny this. The evaluations will be performed and a meeting will be scheduled for you and if this applies, her father, to meet with your child’s teacher, a psychologist, special ed teacher, and social worker. You will discuss options and hopefully come to a resolution that works for your daughter.

I hope this helps! If you need more information, write me again. Good luck, keep me updated!


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