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Fessy SST Presentation (2010)

  1. 1. The Student Support Team (SST):Referral Questions and Protocol<br />The Fessenden School<br />September 1, 2010<br />1<br />
  2. 2. Definition of the Student Support Team<br />2<br />From the Student and Parent Handbook (Revised 2007):<br />The Student Support Team provides comprehensive academic, psychological,emotional, and health support services to children of all ages. This teamworks with parents, teachers, the Division Head, the Head Nurse, and theSkills Center to understand the individual needs of a student and implement appropriate remedial services when issues of an emotional, health, or academic nature arise. The team is directed by the School <br />Psychologist and the Assistant Headmaster. Student <br />Support Team meetings are held throughout the academic <br />year and regular follow-up with parents is encouraged. <br />Teachers and parents may request a referral to the team by <br />contacting the School Psychologist.<br />
  3. 3. When to Make a Referral to the SST<br />3<br />Generally speaking, a referral to the Student Support Team is appropriate <br />in each of the following cases:<br /><ul><li> Mental health issues appear to be significantly impacting a child’s </li></ul>academic, athletic, or social performance<br />Affective <br />Disorders (5-9%)<br />Disruptive Behavior <br />Disorders (7-10%)<br />Anxiety <br />Disorders (6-18%)<br />ADD, AD/HD<br />Conduct Disorder<br />Oppositional Defiant<br />Depression<br />Bipolar Disorder<br />Generalized Anxiety<br />Separation Anxiety<br />OCD<br />Simple Phobias<br />Panic Disorder<br /><ul><li>Explicit mention of self-harm or threat of harming another.</li></ul>This may include graphic depictions of violence within<br />writing and/or artistic assignments, repeated reference to<br />school shootings, concerning comments made to others<br />boys, parent reports of violence/self-harm at home, etc.<br />
  4. 4. When to Make a Referral to the SST<br />4<br /><ul><li>Recurrent physical complaints (e.g., stomach aches, headaches)</li></ul> that have not remitted despite the involvement of the Health <br />Center and for which there is no known underlying medical cause<br /><ul><li>Asignificant psychosocial change has occurred that you feel has the </li></ul>potential to impact a child’s health, happiness, social life, and/or academic <br />performance (e.g., death in the family, serious illness, divorce, etc.)<br /><ul><li>Anyknowledge or suspicion of sexual and/or physical </li></ul>abuse involving a child, whether that child is enrolled at <br />Fessenden or not (e.g., the brother of a student of yours)<br /><ul><li> A pattern of unexplained absences that you feel has not</li></ul>been adequately addressed by parents or caregivers<br /><ul><li>Learning differences (e.g., dyslexia, NVLDs) that continue</li></ul>to impact a child’s academic achievement despite the <br />prior involvement of The Skills Center or Academic Tutoring<br />
  5. 5. When to Make a Referral to the SST<br />5<br /><ul><li>Any request for educational or therapeutic services that are not presently</li></ul>provided by the school and have previously been discussed with parents:<br />What we have:<br />What we do not have:<br />Occupational therapy<br />Neuropsychological (LD) AssessmentSpeech and Language support<br />Social pragmatics groups<br />One-to-one psychotherapy<br />Academic tutoring services<br />Organizational support<br />Mathematics evaluation<br />Mathematics remedial support<br />Reading/writing evaluation<br />Reading/writing remedial support<br />Food and Friends Group<br />Student advisors<br /><ul><li> Sudden and inexplicable changes in a boy’s academic </li></ul>performance, social network, teacher/advisor relations,<br />athletic activities, or appearance that may signal the<br />emergence of emotional issues<br />
  6. 6. How to Make a Referral to the SST<br />6<br />Making a referral to the Student Support team is as easy as 123<br />Step one: Communicate your concerns to the Division Head and the<br />student’s advisor (when applicable)<br />Step two: Request a SST referral form from the Upper, <br />Middle, or Lower school office<br />Step three: Complete the form in as much detail as<br />possible and put a signed copy, with your signature and<br />the Division Head’s, in the School Psychologist’s mailbox<br />located in Arlene’s office. Keep a copy for your records.<br />
  7. 7. What To Expect when a Referral is Made to the SST<br />Although each case is different, the general steps taken after a Student <br />Support Team referral is received include the following:<br />Confirmation <br />e-mail/phone call indicating that the referral has been received<br />Present information regarding the child at once-weekly Early Intervention Team Meeting<br />Develop/Discuss interventions based on the individual needs of the child and assign SST roles<br />Full chart review and observation of the child in the classroom or direct meeting in my office<br />Coordinate time to discuss the referral in person with you and the Division Head<br />Coordinate an SST meeting with the family and all support players to discuss our recommendations<br />Communicate with parents over the phone or in person to discuss the SST referral and collect more info.<br />Conversation with teachers, coaches,<br />advisors, etc., to collect additional information<br />Implement SST recommendations:<br />Follow-up with teachers/advisors to determine success<br />7<br />
  8. 8. Allocation of Time to SST Referrals (in minutes)<br />Total Time per referral = 7 hours, 5 min<br />8<br />
  9. 9. Referrals By The Numbers (2009-2010)<br />Total Number of Referrals = 66 <br />
  10. 10. Frequently Asked Questions<br />What should I do if I’m worried about a boy but it doesn’t seem to <br />warrant a Student Support Team referral?<br />What if a boy requests a meeting with you? Should I still fill-out the <br />Student Support Team referral form? Where should I send him?<br />Do you have regular office hours? What are they?<br />What if the issue does not involve a boy, but rather,<br />something that I’m dealing with personally?<br />When should I refer to the Student Support Team and<br />when should I refer to the Skills Center?<br />I made a referral, like, a week ago but I haven’t heard <br />anything? What gives?<br />10<br />

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