HUNTERDON COUNTY - SPECIAL EDUCATION
Negotiation with district regarding evaluations, comp. ed., and placement
DH is a 13-yr-old who just completed the 8th grade. He is classified as OHI and has been diagnosed with ADHD, Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and also has issues with auditory and language processing. Despite having high grades in elementary school, his grades worsened and his anxieties increased in middle school. Earlier this year, DH’s neurodevelopment pediatrician recommended that DH be placed in a therapeutic school with small group teaching and regular access to counseling, which DH’s mother, KH, requested. The district first decided to make changes to his program, but DH’s anxiety continued to increase. In May, the district again changed DH’s placement, removing him from the general education classroom. KH requested an independent psychiatric evaluation, and the evaluating psychiatric stated that DH may benefit from a therapeutic school. KH wrote to the district requesting an out-of-district placement, but her request was denied. KH is seeking independent evaluations (if necessary), compensatory related services for the lack of appropriate therapeutic services in DH’s IEP, and a FAPE placement in a therapeutic out-of-district school.
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