I have worked with middle and high school students most often. At this age, a student’s frustrations increase proportionally to the workload. They are aware of what works and what does not work for them. When frustrations run so high and parents begin to panic, it is at this time other professionals, advocate and lawyers, become involved.
The Student Interview was developed because of a number of school-based cases that I had been involved in were quite intense. Every small detail of the case was explored in depth. I felt that it was imperative that the student have a voice and that I had a document that asked all the right questions. While it is very sad to see the state of the educational system, as it is right now, I feel that the educational system is in transition. There are always ups and downs when experiencing a transition.
Over the last few years, I have used this interview with many students. Since this is a form to complete, it is good experience for a student in the transition process. There is a variety of questions, relevant to the student’s educational, vocational and self-care needs. Some questions require a yes or no response, while others are open-ended and call for more detail. The Student Interview serves its intended purpose quite nicely. Since using The Student Interview, I have not had that “uh oh” moment when something comes up that I should be aware of. At least nothing that I have not at least asked and have a response to.
I really love a student’s surprise when he or she is asked to complete the satisfaction survey. This is often the very first time a student is asked for his or her opinion on services. I, now, provide each student with this interview. I find it an invaluable tool not only as written documentation but also as a basis for a deeper conversation regarding a student’s skills, and their perceptions of themselves.