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Old 06-13-2010, 06:00 PM
 
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I've been asked by a parent to write a letter to her child's doctor describing the attention/focusing problems he's been having. I've never written a letter like this before and would like to do it right. Is there anyone who has written one before? I'd like to see it. Thanks.


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Old 06-13-2010, 06:06 PM
 
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There are lots of little surveys that the doctors should have that you could fill out instead. A good one is called Connors I believe. I would ask for one of those instead. It will help direct your thinking and some things that you may not think of are on there. That way you won't miss anything.
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I know when my nephew was being evaluated, they didn't ask anyone to write a letter. They had a form that asked specific questions. There was a form specifically for teachers and any other specialists that worked with him at the school. I wouldn't begin to know where to start if it were me. :/
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I agree, I'd ask for the teacher form to fill out. I'd be hesitant to write a letter because there are certain things we're not "qualified" to comment on. I've been advised to be very careful in what I say in that I only describe behaviors I observe and don't make any conclusions about them, etc. The forms I've filled out have been simple scales where I rate behaviors I might have observed.
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Do NOT write that letter. In this day and age you'd be setting yourself up for possible trouble down the road. If this mother is indeed worried about her child, tell her that doctors have rating scales that you will be glad to fill out and return. As aberbe stated, as teachers we aren't "qualified" to diagnose or comment on medical issues. In our state, if we slip and say something like, "You should take your child to the pediatrician for an evaluation," the parent can legally make the school district pay for any and all future evaluations. A neighboring district is currently having to pay the full cost to educate and pay the room and board for an autistic boy to live in the midwest somewhere. We're in California! They also have to pay for him to come home periodically through the year and for his family to visit him! Crazy!!!


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Old 06-13-2010, 06:46 PM
 
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I've only filled out the forms from the doctor.
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I would not write a letter either. The other posters have made some good points about why not to write one. She could very well use the letter against you in the future.

I have only filled out the forms. I have also mailed them directly to the doctor's office as requested by the doctors. I have never had a parent request that the form be returned to them. But things are done differently in different areas of the country.

Please do not write that letter. Make the parent send you the form. The doctor should have one to give to her.
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Old 06-13-2010, 07:28 PM
 
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I've only filled out the forms from the doctor.
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Old 06-13-2010, 08:32 PM
 
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Ask the mom to get a form from the doctor. You are a teacher not a physician, they need to send you the form with the questions they need to know. It would be tough for you to just guess what they needed.
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Old 06-13-2010, 08:43 PM
 
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I have written letters in the past for parents. Many of the parents I work with are very low functioning and find it difficult to talk to doctors to explain their concerns. I start the letter saying that the parent has requested I write this letter and I would just describe the behaviors I have directly observed and summarize any assessments I had done. Usually the doctor would use that information along with their own observations to determine whether it was worth doing further assessments, such as a Connors Rating Scale.

I think loggerteacher had an example of one she had written a few months back. Okay I found it, it was way back. I'm amazed I remember that far back! http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...d.php?t=202886

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Old 06-13-2010, 09:14 PM
 
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Do not write a letter.
I have filled out many forms in the past from doctors but doctors don't usually request letters from teachers.
Parents sometimes/often request letters from teachers that they can take to their doctor. DO NOT DO THIS.
Never fill out any forms or write any letters with out the knowledge and permission of your principal.

Parents ask us to do all sorts of things that we can not do.
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Old 06-14-2010, 04:09 AM
 
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I have been given the ADDES checklist to complete by our guidance department. After the parent and I complete the form, guidance evaluates it and types up a letter stating the results. At that time, the letter is brought to the child's doctor.
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Old 06-14-2010, 04:21 AM
 
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I found several times parents were looking for more federal benefits money using their child. Be careful that the letter request comes from the doctor not the parent.
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Old 06-14-2010, 09:34 AM
 
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Yes, doctor forms, not a letter.
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