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    Default Parents accessing children's school records

    Hi. I'm just trying to seek advice from anyone in the know. I'm trying to access information from the NSW Department of Education site but it's down at the moment.
    I'm having behavioural troubles with my 5 nearly 6 year old little boy who has just started his first year at school. And by that I mean the school is having trouble with defiance and lack of concentration etc. I am taking their concerns seriously and am looking at having him see a psychologist.
    My question though, is whether as a parent I have the right to access his school records? It feels pretty futile going and getting assessments and stuff from a psychologist without any supporting evidence from the school. Am I within my rights to access his reports and stuff?
    Thanks for any feedback.

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    You can but you won't find it online. The dept website is down for the weekend for maintenance. You'll have to ask the school for his record card.

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    Will the school records give you what you need?

    Can you ask the teacher to write a report detailing any concerning behaviour? So you can show it to a medical professional?

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    His record card won't tell you much. You're better off asking the teacher to write a letter to a paediatrician if you're going down that path. Unless he's had assessments done previously there wouldn't be much in there. We keep lots of our data on a central system that only we can access.

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    My DD psychologist talks directly with the school. I outlined the issues and concerns and then gave both her and the school consent to talk with each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Will the school records give you what you need?

    Can you ask the teacher to write a report detailing any concerning behaviour? So you can show it to a medical professional?
    The school won't give me anything. I asked them if I could see any behaviour reports they'd done on him and they refused. So I asked them to give me a letter outlining their concerns which they also refused.

    I'm really disappointed with how it's being handled. His teacher has only ever made passing comments but since he begun she's said things like he's got Tourettes because he yelled out in class, adhd, autism, because he gets letters back to front sometime possibly dyslexia. I'm just frustrated that if their concerns are that serious that they won't help me seek help for him.

    They do have a student counsellor that they want my son to see so she can assess him, but she's away for 6 weeks and once she's back it'll be a wait after that to see her. Then once she does the assessment I will still have to seek out an independent psychologist or paediatrician with her recommendations. I feel like it's such a long time to wait and the process of diagnosis is so painfully slow without other set backs. I just really want to get my son the help he needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chippa View Post
    His record card won't tell you much. You're better off asking the teacher to write a letter to a paediatrician if you're going down that path. Unless he's had assessments done previously there wouldn't be much in there. We keep lots of our data on a central system that only we can access.
    He's had an assessment done by an ot previously, but there were no behavioural issues. This has only really started since he started school. And I asked them if I couldn't access his records could the teacher write me a letter outlining her concerns. I was told no, that I should be capable of relaying what we had discussed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanuthead View Post
    The school won't give me anything. I asked them if I could see any behaviour reports they'd done on him and they refused. So I asked them to give me a letter outlining their concerns which they also refused.

    I'm really disappointed with how it's being handled. His teacher has only ever made passing comments but since he begun she's said things like he's got Tourettes because he yelled out in class, adhd, autism, because he gets letters back to front sometime possibly dyslexia. I'm just frustrated that if their concerns are that serious that they won't help me seek help for him.

    They do have a student counsellor that they want my son to see so she can assess him, but she's away for 6 weeks and once she's back it'll be a wait after that to see her. Then once she does the assessment I will still have to seek out an independent psychologist or paediatrician with her recommendations. I feel like it's such a long time to wait and the process of diagnosis is so painfully slow without other set backs. I just really want to get my son the help he needs.
    The teacher is not qualified at ALL to make that assessment. As far as autism is concerned in particular, it needs to be diagnosed by a team of professionals, not an individual person.
    Also writing letters back to front is very normal, your son isn't even 6 yet - I think the teacher is not only being harsh but quite unprofessional.

    To be honest, I wouldn't bother trying to get her opinion or referral. Go to a professional person (paed, GP, OT, speech therapist Etc) and get him assessed outside of the school environment, in a neutral and clinical setting. There could be a tonne of reasons for his behaviour being a certain way at school and if he actually had real behavioural issues, you would have noticed them at home. I mean, Tourettes, really? Give me a break.

    I know it's frustrating. I've been through the same thing with my son in preschool. He was "diagnosed" with ASD and sensory processing disorder by the carers and then by their in-house psychologist and we were beside ourselves with worry, then we took him to professional people who told us he was just delayed with speech and communication, and after a year of speech therapy he has zero communication issues, and has caught up in all the key areas.

    Go figure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by peanuthead View Post
    He's had an assessment done by an ot previously, but there were no behavioural issues. This has only really started since he started school. And I asked them if I couldn't access his records could the teacher write me a letter outlining her concerns. I was told no, that I should be capable of relaying what we had discussed.
    What the hell?! Why is this teacher refusing something that would ultimately help not only your DS but quite possibly make her job easier?

    The teacher doesn't mind throwing around various diagnosis terms, but when you as a parent take this seriously and want to seek professional help for your boy, she's all 'nup'. I am actually pretty angry for you. Makes me wonder if she doesn't want to formalise her concerns because she is potentially exaggerating what she is seeing.

    Have you spoken with the principal at all?

    What is your DS like at home and on outings - do you experience a lot of challenging behaviours?

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    I agree with mod-Degrassi - it's as if she doesn't want written evidence of the diagnoses she's given you because she knows she's not allowed to make them.

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