In order for our clinicians and educational consultants to more completely understand a child’s struggles at school, it is sometimes important for us to conduct an in-school observation. This allows us to gather objective information about how the child is doing in the school setting, as compared to at home or in our office.
In-school Observations also help us see what is happening in the classroom in ways that parents cannot. As we all know, having a parent present at school tends to change the child’s everyday behavior.
Observing also helps us gather objective information about the student, as opposed relying solely on teachers or counselors who may have already formed opinions. Children often show different strengths and weaknesses in the classroom as compared to what they do at home or in the community. Having one of out educational consultants or therapists observe can help parents understand what is happening at school.
In-School Observation helps us to:
- create customized behavior plans
- individualize educational recommendations
- determine how good of a ‘match’ there between the child and his school.
In some cases, we may also conduct a Functional Behavioral Analysis (FBA). An FBA is a formal study of the child’s behaviors in the school setting. Conducting an FBA as part of an observation gives us data to help us understand what kinds of support will be most important for helping the child.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out if an In-School Observation can help your child or adolescent.