ABLE-differently Program, a non-profit, community service, for children with special needs
PO Box 9757
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84109
Welcome to the Able-differently Program for School age children (including pre-school, early intervention). From our conversation we have decided together to respond to your child’s needs using this School Consult Package which will be helpful to organize a lot of information for you and your team. You may want to extend your permission to share this packet with your private health care provider.
You will find the enclosed steps that are required before a teleconference meeting can be successful. Many families will be required to obtain school records and contact with their primary care provider and or advocate before the talk together. The enclosed letters to the school and your health provider may assist in this process.
You may now download specific materials separately below.
Review and complete what will be most helpful:
- Letter requesting your health care provider’s assistance with possible sharing of medical information and/or consultation at a another time.
- Complete Brief History of Concerns form to be shared with your medical doctor.
- Medical Evaluation/Services Recommendation form Form can be completed by the health care provider for school communication and questions prior to a meeting.
- Releases of Information for school with the health provider
Obtain the School materials:
- Copies of your child’s report cards over a few years if possible.
- Copies of school or psychological testing including achievement, aptitude, language and behavior.
- Samples of his/her schoolwork with drawings, writing, math, spelling etc.
- Multiple copies of the Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Teacher Rating Scales from school staff who know your child. You can make more copies or download them from the Able website as noted on the enclosed Able Web handout above. Most recent IEP or (RTI, 504, Health plan) Special Education Plan if your child has one.
- School/Principal Letter helping you request this information by taking it to school.
- Multiple copies of the Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Parent Rating Scales from family members.
- Family Strength Assessment provided by Lincs and translates what are most important goals and what you value most. The section “listing the most important people outside the family” can be completed instead of downloading the following Family Support Chart if your time is limited.
- My Family Support Network knowing whom I can count on for help from my social supports.
- Child Strengths Checklist—a list of talents and assets describing what your child does well.
You might want to propose a scheduled school conference after you go over this material. Options include your being at school as most desirable or on the phone, with your child present if appropriate. Also consider having a friend of the family or other significant person from your personal family support network if both parents can’t be present. You will want other specified school team members as desired to assess and problem solve together. Our school conference form is helpful to structure and guide direction and purposes. Click to obtain a Guide on how to conduct your own conference. Click to obtain a Guide on how to conduct your own conference.
You can call a person at the above number to help with questions as well as the Utah Parent Center at 801-272-1051.
Hopefully this letter will help organize your goals for making things better for your child in school and establish your first team meeting while you participate with your doctor. Congratulations.