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PART 1:
Field Experience B: Understanding Diagnostic Assessments – The Role of the School Psychologist Allocate 2 hours to complete this part of the Clinical Field Experience.
Interview a school psychologist about diagnostic assessments and his or her role in the process of evaluating individuals with exceptionalities. Your interview should address the following prompts:
1. The criteria and distinguishing factors of nonbiased formal and informal diagnostic assessments;
2. Examples of and how nonbiased formal diagnostic assessments are administered to individuals with exceptionalities, including any legal and ethical requirements;
3. Examples of and how nonbiased informal diagnostic assessments are administered to individuals with exceptionalities, including any legal and ethical requirements;
4. How the school psychologist interprets information from a nonbiased formal diagnostic assessment;
5. How the school psychologist interprets information from a nonbiased informal diagnostic assessment;
6. How the assessment information is used in making eligibility, program and placement decisions for individuals with exceptionalities; and
7. Strategies in communicating assessment results to various stakeholders.
In 250-500 words, summarize and reflect upon your interview.
PART 2
Based on the information provided, begin the process of drafting a 250-500 word summary of Laney’s current educational performance that could later be incorporated into a Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP) section of an IEP.
Your draft should include:
• Student strengths;
• Evaluations;
• Performance in classes;
• Influences of
language, culture, and family background;
• Strengths, preferences, and interests in
nonacademic areas; and
• Any other relevant issues.
Also indicate in your draft summary any additional information that should be collected.
PART 3:
Allocate 2 hours to complete this part of the Clinical Field Experience.
Interview a school specialist (occupational therapist, physical therapist, or speech pathologist) about diagnostic assessments and his or her role in the process of evaluating individuals with exceptionalities. Your interview should address the following prompts:
1. The criteria and distinguishing factors of nonbiased formal and informal specialized diagnostic assessments;
2. Examples of and how nonbiased formal specialized diagnostic assessments are administered to individuals with exceptionalities, including any legal and ethical requirements;
3. How the school specialist interprets information from a nonbiased formal specialized diagnostic assessment;
4. How the school specialist interprets information from a nonbiased informal specialized diagnostic assessment;
5. How the assessment information is used in making eligibility, program and placement decisions for individuals with exceptionalities;
6. How the students need met if the assessment information does not result in a finding of a disability; and
7. Strategies in communicating specialized assessment results to various stakeholders.
In 250-500 words, summarize and reflect upon your interview.
PART 4: Review the Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (MET) case study.
Using the case study, compose a 500-750-word analysis that identifies additional specialists and other individuals who should be included as part of the MET team. Include a discussion regarding specific information that should be elicited from the individuals identified above along with a rationale for your choices. Cite facts from the case study and a minimum of 2 outside references that supports your analysis.