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Old 04-22-2010, 09:29 AM
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Does anyone have any suggestions about how to write a letter to a parent about getting a child tested for behavioral problems? I have communicated with the parents about a student and very little has come of it. I want to have the child observed and tested, and figured a letter would be the best communication for the parent. Thanks!

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Old 04-23-2010, 08:31 AM
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I hope this helps. I can't attach but i'll just post it. It is a letter and check list that follows of the things I observed. It doesn't say you should get him tested because you can get in trouble for that but it heavily suggests it.

Date: Monday, March 30, 2009

Dear _________

As your child's classroom teacher I have observed a number of behaviours of which you should be aware because they are interfering with your child's performance in the classroom. ____________ seems to have a great deal of difficulty focusing on tasks and/or listening to instruction in the classroom environment.
On the attached pages are a number of behaviours that have been observed quite often or very often in the classroom setting: Only those behaviours that apply have been checked. You may or may not be observing similar behaviours in the home setting. This list has been provided to ensure that accurate information about your child's performance in the classroom. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at _________


o Inattentive, easily distracted
o Makes inappropriate comments to peers
o Restless
o Difficulty retaining information
o Disturbs other children
o Actively defies or refuses to comply with adult's requests
o Is always "on the go" as if driven by a motor
o Difficulty with spelling
o Difficulty remaining seated
o Fidgets with hands or feet, squirms in seat
o Difficulty with reading
o Short attention span
o Argues with adults
o Only pays attention to things he/she is really interested in
o Has difficulty waiting his/her turn
o Lacks interest in schoolwork
o Distractibility or attention span problems
o Temper outbursts
o Explosive, unpredictable behaviour
o Runs about or climbs when inappropriate
o Difficulty with number sense
o Has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly
o Fails to finish things he/she starts
o Excitable impulsive
o Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork
o Restless, always up and on the go
o Talks to himself/herself
o Reluctant to make eye contact
o Rarely initiates conversation with adults
o Appears lethargic
o Doesn't express emotions
o Appears to daydream frequently
o Difficulty in engaging in tasks that require sustained mental effort
o Has difficulty organizing tasks or activities
o Appears overly shy/withdrawn
o Gives up easily when learning something new
o Stares blankly
o Refuses to talk
o Forgets things
o Taps objects, foot or pencil
o Does not seem to listen/pay attention
o Is often touchy or easily annoyed by others
o Is overly passive
o Worries excessively
o Often needs reassurance
o Does not pay attention to important social cues
o Overreacts to minor events
o Argues with peers
o Problems with oral communication
o Hums or makes other odd noises in class
o Clings to adults or too dependent
o Cries a lot
o Confused or seems to be in a fog
o Demands a lot of attention
o Destroys his/her own things
o Destroys property belonging to others
o Likes to be alone
o Nervous, high-strung or tense
o Fearful/anxious
o Demands must be met immedialtely
o Appears stubborn, sullen or irritable
o Sudden changes in mood or feelings
o Appears unhappy/sad
o Is afraid of making mistakes
o Turns his/her back during lessons
o Turns his/her back when peers are talking to him/her
o Turns his/her back when adults are talking to him/her
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