American Academy of Pediatrics Interventions Guide -This chart outlines various options for treatment of specific types of behaviors and ranks them from "best support" to "no support." A very useful tool when talking with your child's doctor about possible treatments. Go here for a copy of the chart:
Here are my thoughts on this topic - at all times you have to consider what you think is best for your child and which course of action you feel will best equip them to excel. I believe it is a parent's duty to provide them with every opportunity to succeed and that their personal thoughts, fears or prejudices should take a back seat.
Understanding Psychological Evaluations:
Don't know your BASC from a hole in the wall? You're not alone. Chances are that psychological evaluations and neuro-psychological evaluations will become part of the norm for you. It is essential that you get to know what these tests are and what they can do (or evaluate) and what they cannot do. You need to know this stuff because you will be highly encouraged to get an independent evaluation from us before you make any decisive move for your child.
A good site for understanding the various tests (make a copy and refer to it when you read your child's report) - http://concordspedpac.org/TypesTests.html
Another helpful site to give you an overview about psychoeducational assessments - http://ldlink.coe.utk.edu/understanding_report.htm
This site provides a database of more than 25,000 tests and other measurement devices -
CACLD can provide you with the incredibly helpful services of Rena Schine - a retired school psychologist who can assist in translating and understanding the school psychology reports. She is a fantastic resource !!! She can be a phenomenal asset to you. Contact CACLD to find out more about this program - it is wonderful - http://www.cacld.org/
TESTS, MEASURES AND A LITTLE STATISTICS
Before you can successfully advocate for your child, you must know their strengths and weaknesses. To know this, you must be familiar with tests, measures and statistics to make sense of it all
Here are some really good sites and links to help you get started
What the tests mean and how they fit into to process
What Do Those Reading Tests Measure?
This article will give you the a,b,c's of all those confusing reading tests