The doctor tells you your child has dyslexia and ADHD. So does the IEP team at school. So they’ve both diagnosed your child, right? Not exactly.
People often say the school “diagnosed” their child. But technically, that’s not what happened. Schools don’t diagnose conditions. Only doctors and other clinicians do.
What schools do is somewhat different. IEP teams “identify” learning and attention issues. Then they determine if a child is eligible for special education supports and services.
This chart explains the differences between a school identification and a clinical diagnosis.
A diagnosis and an identification have a common goal: to get your child the support he needs.
You play a big role in that process. Get information about your child’s rights. Understand the differences between IEPs and 504s. And learn about how federal and state law work together in the special education process.