What is a School Consultation?
Often, after a psychological assessment of a student, the parents and/or the school are looking for some guidance in how to apply the recommendations, based on the test results in the school setting. When the student and/or the parent/s (in the case of younger children) and the school team request an in-person discussion, the psychologist will consult and coordinate with the relevant parties to arrange a meeting at the school. In these instances, our psychologist will lead a meeting that will review key findings from our assessments and the practical application of our recommendations.
What Does A School Consultation Consist of?
Sometimes schools will request that they would like a psychologist to be present during an Identification and Placement Review Committee (IPRC) meeting for a student. These meetings are more formal and they are arranged when an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is drawn up for the first time or reviewed and adjusted. The psychologist can explain their clinical findings to the school staff to ensure that the student is getting the appropriate accommodations and modifications for them to be successful at school. These are only examples of roles or functions psychologists may take on at school meetings. However, the real possibilities of roles and functions they may fulfil are numerous.
How Can a School Consultation Benefit a Client?
A school consultation may help to clarify what kind of technological and/or educational supports can be made available to a student in a particular school or context to help with his/her specific identified difficulty or learning need. A psychologist has the legal right to give some students who might need it, based on their assessment results, access to either technological support devices or educational support which requires more staff involvement and/or one-on one time or admission to a special program such as a gifted program. In person consultations may be helpful in facilitating the process benefit of the student, the teachers or school, and the parents. In cases where students, parents and or teachers feel stuck or in conflict, psychologists may also be able to act as consultants who can help them to get “unstuck” or they can act as mediators to help resolve conflict constructively.
Please note that services are not covered under OHIP, but may be covered by insurance or extended health care benefits.