Non-Teacher Professional Assessments

What it is

Specialized assessments conducted by a variety of professionals, other than teachers, to provide information on a student’s learning profile. Could be conducted by school boards or accessed by parents/guardians privately with results/reports shared with teachers. Some examples could include psychological and speech and language assessments, if parents/guardians consent.

Strategies

• If the student will be assessed at school, ensure the student and parents/guardians have been informed of the referral to the non-teacher professional.
• Insure that the professional has all necessary contact information so that appropriate informed consent can be attained.
• Request a quiet/private space for the assessment.
• Inquire if an advance copy of the professional’s report would be available for teachers to read and develop a list of questions before any meetings with professionals.
• Request a copy of the assessment to highlight, and jot down notes.
• Revise IEP based on professional assessment results.
• Implement recommendations from reports, as appropriate.



Resources
Diagnosis

Information outlining different types of professionals, provided by the Hospital for Sick Kids, About Kids Health.

Ontario Ministry of Education document.

Psycho-Educational Overview
Occupational Therapist (OT) Assessments
Physiotherapy (PT) Assessments
Vision Assessments
Hearing Assessments
Speech and Language Assessments

Click on Communication Disorders.

Speech Therapy Session

Video.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments
Attention Deficit/Hyper-Activity Disorder Assessments

A frequently used rating assessment given by doctors for teachers to complete as part of an ADHD assessment.

Behaviour Assessments
Additional Ministry of Education Resources

Ontario Ministry of Education resource.