Support for parents
This would include an interview with the child and parent(s), some cognitive assessment and/or other assesment, for example social/emotional/behaviour. Findings would be discussed in detail with parent(s) after assessment. A report would be written and received within 15 working days, detailing the observation and the ensuing discussion, with the agreed strategies recorded at the end.
Classroom Observation and assessment
This provides an opportunity for a fresh pair of eyes to look at a student, and their response to the educational provision they receive. This can be a good way of initially meeting a student, and, if required, can lead on to a fuller assessment of their needs later on. The observation would look at learning, behaviour, social interaction and emotional factors, and at how these impact on the student’s school experience. For students who experience difficulties with the social aspects of school, it might be more appropriate to include observation at break and lunch time. This visit would include a limited amount of cognitive and other assessments, for example, social and emotional development and needs.
This would be followed up during the same morning by consultation with the student, to try to ascertain their views on their school experience. Psychologists would also discuss any findings in consultation with school staff, and parents. From this discussion, strategies to support the student would be identified and agreed. A report would be written and received within 15 working days, detailing the observation and the ensuing discussion, with the agreed strategies recorded at the end.
Cognitive assesment may be required for some pupils, who would benefit from an in-depth exploration of their difficulties, and may be appropriate for Education and Health Care Plans. We use the BAS3 battery of cognitive assessment, which includes verbal and non-verbal assessment, diagnostic tests to highlight particular problems, and achievement tests which relate performance to chronological age. This would provide a thorough overview of the student’s cognitive functioning, and would show strengths and weaknesses, informing school provision. Included are assessments of social and emotional factors, and consultation with school staff and parents to agree ways forward.
Multi-agency Meetings and Annual Reviews
We are happy to attend these to support parents, either in school or elsewhere, to support discussion around a pupil’s provision and to discuss any issues.
NB: - The above provides an outline of how we usually work with parents, but we are receptive to new ideas and approaches, so please ask if there are any other ways you would like us to help!
Please note, to engage us to work in school a CAF is not required, but if one has already been set up a copy of it would be useful. If there is no CAF a telephone discussion would provide sufficient information.
Signed parental permission is a legal requirement. Click here to download our referral form.
A formal report would be written and sent within 15 working days.
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