Informed Guidance

We collaborate with a client’s family and educational team to ensure carryover of recommendations through family informational sessions, review of outside assessments, and school/district consultations.

Family Informational Sessions

A family in need of support and guidance outside of an assessment or therapeutic service may come to The Clinic for an informational session. The specific content, goals, and duration of an informational session vary, based on the needs of the family and the child. For example, The Clinic can support families by providing developmental information related to diagnoses, training on behavior management strategies, or modeling how to program a specific augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. In some cases, an interdisciplinary informational session may be appropriate, bringing together a variety of professionals and perspectives. Staff from The Clinic work with each individual family to determine the nature and scope of the informational sessions. This helps ensure that the family’s goals for the sessions are met.

Common questions that might lead to a Family Informational Session:

  1. My son was recently identified with a hearing loss. My whole family is overwhelmed and we don’t know where to start. Can The Clinic provide more information about our options relating to his education, language, and development?
  2. My daughter’s school recommended we use “ABA strategies” at home to reduce her challenging behaviors. We don’t even know what this means! Can The Clinic help us figure out how to support our daughter?
  3. My son is showing some early success with his new AAC device. I would like to know how to program the device so I can add pictures and pages related to our family’s activities and vacations. Can professionals at The Clinic teach me how to do this?

Review of Outside Assessments

The goals of assessment include illuminating a child’s skills, strengths, and needs, as well as describing how the child functions in various contexts. Yet, assessment reports can be difficult to understand. Sometimes, they pose further questions, use unfamiliar jargon, or provide information that is confusing. The staff of The Clinic can support families, schools, and professionals by reviewing outside assessments (e.g. those that have been completed somewhere other than The Clinic) and providing real-world feedback. The goal of the review is to ensure that the methodology, findings, and recommendations of an assessment are well understood by the family, school, or professional.

Common questions that might lead to a review of outside assessments:

  1. My son had a psychological assessment done at his school, and I don’t really understand what the report is saying. Can The Clinic help?
  2. My deaf daughter had an educational assessment as part of her 3 year re-evaluation, but she told me there wasn’t an interpreter and she didn’t really understand what she was supposed to do. What should I do?
  3. The speech and language evaluation that my son’s school completed recommended that he wait a few more years before considering an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. I’m concerned about waiting too long. What should I do?
  4. I am a special education lead teacher, and just received a file full of reports and evaluations on one of my students. I’m not quite sure where to start! Can The Clinic help?

School/District Consultations

The Clinic can support schools and districts in implementing assessment-driven recommendations in order to optimize impact. The Clinic offers consultation to schools and districts in order to provide staff training, share resources, and build collaborative relationships. The nature of these consultations will differ based on the specific needs of the school or district.

Common questions that might lead to a school or district consultation:

  1. I am a school administrator, and we have a new student who has some unique accommodations and modifications. Can The Clinic help my staff figure out how we can ensure these are in place for the student?
  2. I have a student who has had success following a specific behavior plan in his classroom setting. Can The Clinic support other members of his team, such as his specialist teachers, to use this plan across his school day?
  3. A student in my special education program is rising from 8th grade into 9th, meaning his team of teachers is growing significantly. Can The Clinic support this teacher team in implementing the recommendations found on his IEP?