Pediatricians are often confronted with requests to help patients with disabilities that require special education services in schools. Parents ask for a doctor’s input for determination of special education eligibility, identification of services, management of health care or medication at school and other issues to help children function in a school environment.

This website contains information to help physicians easily access information about the types of special education services, the elements of eligibility and tips to facilitate communication with educators. Translating the language of medicine into the educational criteria for special education is essential to effective medical-education collaboration.

Suggested guidelines for letters from physician to school 

Eligibility criteria for special education services