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How does the law help children with MS at school?

There are several levels of help available for a child with multiple sclerosis (MS) who is having problems in school. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and an Individual Education Plan (IEP) can help to formally accommodate your child at school.

To qualify for these types of help, children must go through formal psychoeducational testing. They must meet one of the criteria under IDEA, to show that medical, psychological or physical conditions are seriously affecting their learning. IEPs are personalized learning plans, designed to meet the student's unique needs.

For example, the plan could include:
  • Medical services for diagnostic or evaluation purposes only
  • Mobility services
  • Occupational therapy for students with fine motor or vision problems
  • Parent counseling and training
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychological services
  • School health services by a school nurse or other qualified personnel
  • Social work services
  • Speech/language therapy and audiology services
  • Therapeutic recreation or adaptive physical education

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