Parent Interview, Observation and Direct Assessment: What is Learned?

 

  • The parent interview gives up the across the lifetime visual abilities (improvement history), across environments information (home vs grandmother’s house) and across the day abilities (early in the morning and after a long school day). The parents also identify other visual difficulties for assessment that I might not have considered. Each child has their own unique visual difficulties and the parents help me know what to assess.
  • The observations in multiple familiar and unfamiliar environments gives us the child’s functioning in a less adapted learning environment.
  • The direct assessment, conducted in a very adapted environment (low complexity, sound, movement etc.) that gives us a look at the visual skills with all the supports in place to support that student’s vision. That direct assessment environment tells us what the child is capable of if the environment is adapted and what adaptations would help.
  • We bring those adaptations into the classroom and home for optimal visual functioning and across the day access.

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