Choosing not to have your child evaluated

Would It Help to Contact a Parent Training and Information Center?

By Donna Volpitta

I don’t think I’m going to have my child evaluated. Would there still be any benefit to contacting a Parent Training and Information Center?

Donna Volpitta

Founder, Center for Resilient Leadership

Whether you have your child evaluated or not, there are good reasons to contact a Parent Training and Information Center (PTI). These nonprofit centers have been set up to help parents whose children have special needs. There’s at least one of these centers in every state.

Your PTI can help you look for ways to support your child’s learning and attention issues. The center can be a great resource for getting specific questions answered. PTIs help many families learn how to navigate the public school system. But there is no rule that your child has to be seeking an evaluation in order for you to get some help!

PTIs can help you get ready to talk to your child’s teacher about getting extra help or other kinds of informal supports in school. The centers also offer workshops and other programs that can be really valuable, particularly if you’re trying to figure things out on your own. Workshop topics might include things like understanding your child’s learning style or building on your child’s strengths.

These centers can also be good places to find other parents who understand what you’re going through. For many families, PTIs become a great support network.

One last tidbit to keep in mind about these centers: They often use different abbreviations. Many use PTI. Some use PTIC. And some use PTAC, which is short for Parent Technical Assistance Centers. Whatever you call them, they can be a helpful resource, so look for the one nearest you.

About the Author

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Donna Volpitta

Donna Volpitta, Ed.D., is coauthor of The Resilience Formula: A Guide to Proactive, Not Reactive, Parenting.

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