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Medical vs Academic dx

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JDandMe
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Medical vs Academic dx

So I'm on a bunch of FaceBook groups for special needs parents, community etc. Recently there was a parent asking about Medicare, etc and the response from many was- does he have a medical dx or academic?

From what I could gather from the responses, most kids had an academic diagnosis that allows services through the school district and IEP.

My question is- is there in fact a difference between a medical and academic diagnosis? What doctor gives a medical diagnosis? Aside from Medicare, what are the reasons for a medical diagnosis?

How do you determine if your child has a medical or academic diagnosis?

The questions were related to the original poster who lives in PA- not sure if that makes a difference.

Just trying to figure out is I am doing all I can do for my son since I seem to navigate the special needs as I go.

TIA

Posted 11/15/19 9:30 AM
 

Straightarrow
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Re: Medical vs Academic dx

My son has a medical diagnosis and he is dyslexic and dysgraphic.

At the school level, they didn't know what services to offer him, because we didn't know what the exact issue was.

We took him to a neurologist, who referred us to an audiologist (to rule out an auditory processing disorder), to have a brain MRI and an EEG and finally a neuropsychologist who diagnosed him.

We gave the school the report and they wrote his IEP with that in mind. It has been tweeked quite a few times. But it's excellent now. He's 12, in ICT and with a 90 average. And 4 years ago this time he could not even read.

I didn't think it was an option to just be "academically diagnosed" but what do I know, lol.

Posted 11/15/19 11:30 AM
 

Deeluvsvinny
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Re: Medical vs Academic dx

Posted by Straightarrow

My son has a medical diagnosis and he is dyslexic and dysgraphic.

At the school level, they didn't know what services to offer him, because we didn't know what the exact issue was.

We took him to a neurologist, who referred us to an audiologist (to rule out an auditory processing disorder), to have a brain MRI and an EEG and finally a neuropsychologist who diagnosed him.

We gave the school the report and they wrote his IEP with that in mind. It has been tweeked quite a few times. But it's excellent now. He's 12, in ICT and with a 90 average. And 4 years ago this time he could not even read.

I didn't think it was an option to just be "academically diagnosed" but what do I know, lol.



Same exact diagnosis, Similar Story. She was diagnosed by a neuropshyc. I think it's a bit different with dyslexia, because many schools/states won't label dyslexic (they use other terms, like specific learning disability).
FOR ME, the importance of being diagnosed by an MD was that they had no ulterior motives. They didn't gain or lose anything by diagnosing her. I also felt they could be the most objective. Also, I just felt they were more qualified to give the diagnosis. I know that some people don't go the medical route because insurance doesn't always cover testing, and it can be really costly.
I think it depends on the diagnosis. It depends on the school and the team working with your child. If you are happy with the services your child receives, I don't know that it matters who diagnosed them. This is speaking with my limited knowledge based only on my DD's diagnosis. I can't speak to other issues, but in my mind, her diagnosis at this point in her life matters mostly at school. She can read now, and is getting amazing services, so I don't think she'll have issues later in life (after school) and need services (gov't assistance or otherwise). However, I do have a medical diagnosis in case that were to be the case down the line.

Posted 11/15/19 12:22 PM
 

Straightarrow
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Re: Medical vs Academic dx

Posted by Deeluvsvinny

Posted by Straightarrow

My son has a medical diagnosis and he is dyslexic and dysgraphic.

At the school level, they didn't know what services to offer him, because we didn't know what the exact issue was.

We took him to a neurologist, who referred us to an audiologist (to rule out an auditory processing disorder), to have a brain MRI and an EEG and finally a neuropsychologist who diagnosed him.

We gave the school the report and they wrote his IEP with that in mind. It has been tweeked quite a few times. But it's excellent now. He's 12, in ICT and with a 90 average. And 4 years ago this time he could not even read.

I didn't think it was an option to just be "academically diagnosed" but what do I know, lol.



Same exact diagnosis, Similar Story. She was diagnosed by a neuropshyc. I think it's a bit different with dyslexia, because many schools/states won't label dyslexic (they use other terms, like specific learning disability).
FOR ME, the importance of being diagnosed by an MD was that they had no ulterior motives. They didn't gain or lose anything by diagnosing her. I also felt they could be the most objective. Also, I just felt they were more qualified to give the diagnosis. I know that some people don't go the medical route because insurance doesn't always cover testing, and it can be really costly.
I think it depends on the diagnosis. It depends on the school and the team working with your child. If you are happy with the services your child receives, I don't know that it matters who diagnosed them. This is speaking with my limited knowledge based only on my DD's diagnosis. I can't speak to other issues, but in my mind, her diagnosis at this point in her life matters mostly at school. She can read now, and is getting amazing services, so I don't think she'll have issues later in life (after school) and need services (gov't assistance or otherwise). However, I do have a medical diagnosis in case that were to be the case down the line.



You're right. I forgot that, and we are in NYC and they don't recognize dyslexia as a diagnosis at all. He is 'labeled' as dysgraphic, and learning disabled.

Message edited 11/15/2019 1:18:04 PM.

Posted 11/15/19 1:17 PM
 
 

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