Verbal Evaluation Reporting


Common Problems when Verbally Reporting Evaluation Results


·        Reading straight from the evaluation report rather than summarizing


·        Reporting too lengthy, losing the listeners attention and monopolizing limited meeting time


·        Reporting with jargon rather than lay terms making it difficult for others to understand


·        Too much time spent on test scores and performance components and not enough spent explaining how school participation is impacted (occupational performance)


·        Focusing only on the student’s problems and not discussing how the strengths can help in compensating for difficulties


·        Not attending meetings or leaving meetings early before the team has determined needs areas, developed the IEP and determined services needed.


“Dos” for Verbally Reporting Evaluation Results


·        Be aware of non-verbal communication


·        Listen to and acknowledge perspective of others


·        Be confident, clear and concise


·       Summarize – be aware of time constraints (a summary captures all the most important parts of the original, but expresses them in a much shorter amount of time.)


·        Keep the focus on the student


·        Include ‘positives’, e.g. student strengths, and practical strategies that will help success


·        Be open to and participate in team process


·        If OT is on IEP, describe expected course of service (begin with the end in mind)


·        Use ‘participation’ when explaining potential OT role


·        Use OTPF terminology in an understandable way



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