Thanks in advance for any answers/suggestions/comments given. Also, this has to to with my sister and not my daughter, but my mom's asking my help on this and I honestly don't know the answer, so I thought I'd come to ask here.
So, long story short, my sister was born at close to 24 weeks gestation (and she'll turn 15 years in a couple of weeks) and ever since has been developmentally behind in some way, shape, or form. She has hearing problems and I don't know how to put it, but definitely something going on with speech as well, it's audible but I can't put my finger on it or describe it, but she's hard to understand when she speaks. Her first few years, she was in various therapies, definitely including speech at the least. Her reading comprehension is about three years behind her grade level (if not more), she has a lot of trouble with memorization, and she flat out cannot spell beyond a second grade level (with handwriting to match). She just entered high school and changed school districts as she and my mom moved to the town I'm living in, taking her from the town she had been in from the day she started school (which was the day after she turned 3).
So, a couple of weeks ago they had the meeting about her IEP and what modifications and such were necessary for her, and it came up that she shouldn't have any modification in her classes at all because she didn't have an official diagnosis listed. Now, I can tell, just by talking to my mom (not to mention interacting with my sister daily since she comes over every day after school now that we're close by) that my sister really does need the help, but I'm wondering how can my mom go about getting my sister officially diagnosed (or rather, who would she go see), or if that should be something the school district does? Also, how could they have been operating and working with her before in the old district for eleven years without having anything official? Is there some sort of major jump there going from 8th to 9th grade where things can't be unofficial anymore?
My DD isn't at school age yet, so I haven't had any dealings with the district and don't know what's going on from personal experience, only second hand through my mom and what she's done with my sister. I mean, DD has her own things going on, but I don't think I'd send my sister to where my daughter is, because I don't think this is something that they'd do with a speech therapist, given it's predominately trouble she has with learning things and keeping up in classes, even if she is hard to understand.