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There is much confusion in many school districts about the assessment of visual processing disorders and appropriate remedies for needs that arise from visual processing disorders in special education students.
Many school districts do not provide expert assessment in visual processing at all, mostly because they don’t understand when expert assessment becomes necessary in order to render a FAPE. But, there is also an underlying fear that is sometimes very overt and other times left unspoken out of shame and guilt; it is the fear of the costs of any services that expert assessment may reveal is necessary for a given student.
The folks at Tri-Counties Regional Center publish a regular newsletter/magazine called TriLine for its consumers with developmental disabilities and their families, as well as its vendored service providers and interested members of the community.
The Winter 2010 issue has not yet been published to their site, but you can view past issues in their archives. They have nonetheless given us permission to republish one article from the Winter 2010 issue titled “The Power of Pets” that features one of the children from the KPS4Parents family, Alison La Douceur.