Parent report of:

Current concerns about student’s learning
(i.e., “What are your biggest concerns for J at this time?)

Perception of student’s strengths and challenges
( i.e., “Describe for me what he’s really good at – what he loves – and what can be more difficult for him.)

Developmental history, including:

Any delays in walking/talking/toileting)

Any loss of skills (like talking for a few months and then not talking for weeks)

How long have you been concerned about the student’s development?

Anybody ever give opinions about the sources of early difficulties?

What interventions have you tried and how did they work?

Health history
(i.e., does the student have any current medical conditions? A past history of any medical conditions or complications?)

Autism symptoms – This information is usually obtained through a structured behavioral checklist (such as the Social Responsiveness Scale), which can serve as the basis for an interview or which can be completed by the parent independently.

Direct observation of student in a variety of daily school activities, including:

Different learning situations

Different levels of structure & predictability

Different levels of challenge or demand

Different social contexts

Direct Assessment of student’s current functioning in:

Exploration of challenging behaviors

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