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Child / Student Interview

Description and Rationale

Although a student interview is not required by law, research indicates that empowering students to direct and lead their educational program will develop skills in self-determination that lead to positive adult outcomes. The child/student interview should gather information from the student on their sensory strengths and needs. In addition, child/student information on social challenges will give the teacher critical information on assessment needs. As students mature, additional information on their educational progress and classroom sensory demands (near/distant) is helpful information for the teacher. The teacher synthesizes this information and the parent and teacher interviews as part of the essential assessments.

3-5 Years

Interview addresses:

  • Visual, auditory, or tactual difficulties
  • Educational strengths and needs, including literacy, numeracy, and listening skills
  • ECC strengths/needs

5-22 Years

Interview addresses:

  • Visual, auditory, or tactual difficulties
  • Educational strengths and needs, including literacy, numeracy, and listening skills
  • ECC strengths/needs

Multiple Disabilities/Deafblind

Interview addresses (as appropriate):

  • Visual, auditory, or tactual difficulties
  • Educational strengths and needs, including literacy, numeracy, and listening skills
  • ECC strengths/needs
  • Post-secondary plans (14 years and older)

Tips:

It is important for teachers to conduct this interview one-on-one with the student, enabling the teacher to probe for additional information or depth and establish rapport with the student. Students as young as three or four years of age may be interviewed to gather understanding of their knowledge level related to their sensory strengths and needs.

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