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Special Education: What should you do before referring a student for special education services?

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A regular classroom teacher, parent or special education teacher notices that a student is struggling with school work. They are becoming increasingly frustrated and falling farther behind. The educators and parents suspect that the student may have a learning disability. What should the educators do before referring a student to special education services?

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If the student is in a regular classroom, the general educator should review the students' records and contact the parents first and visit with them about her concerns. The teacher should discuss possible interventions that she would use in the classroom and report back to the parents if the strategies ...

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