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Step 1: Organize observations relevant to the problematic behavior/issue
In many cases, there are several contributors to the student’s identified problem. These contributors may interact with each other, therefore, it may be necessary to combine tests from different categories of possibilities. The existence of several interacting contributors may become obvious as you proceed through individual intervention experiments.
Organizational impairment: Some students may have difficulty with memory/retrieval as a result of organizational impairment. (See Tutorial on Organization.) Note: This is very similar to specific encoding impairment.
Relevant Observations: The student’s ability to remember may be related to the student’s organizing of the information at the time it was received. The student may have more general organizational difficulties. If a task is not routine and/or has many components to be organized, the student may have difficulty. The student may appear confused and disorganized. The student’s materials may be poorly organized. (See Tutorial on Organization.)
Useful experiments for assessment and intervention:
Possible referrals: School psychologist for assessment; instructional support specialist for instructional strategies
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