An independent educational evaluation (IEE) is an unbiased, third-party evaluation conducted by a qualified evaluator who is not employed by the public agency responsible for the education of the child in question. If you, as a parent of a child with a suspected disability, disagree with the findings of the individualized evaluation of your child the school performed, you have the right to obtain what is known as an independent educational evaluation (IEE). This means that you may ask the school that a third-party, experienced professional evaluator who is not affiliated with your child’s school system conduct a second opinion evaluation of your child.
The speech-language pathologists on FDH’s IEE team hold both the required Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) as well as an Arizona Department of Education Certificate (ADE Educator Identification). Lynn Carahaly, M.A., CCC-SLP has been conducting IEEs since 2009. Carahaly is a highly experienced clinic and school-based speech-language pathologist providing expert witness testimony for due process hearings and litigation involving special education matters and educational evaluations for parents and school districts.
FDH also conducts occupational therapy and psychoeducational IEEs. FDH provides both clinic-based services and school-based services. Therefore, the FDH comprehensive IEE team is a sound choice for IEEs as we actively and regularly participate in the multidiscipline evaluation team (MET)/ individualized educational plan (IEP) process.