School Function Clinic
School Function Clinic is located in the Bellevue Pediatric Clinic.
Residents should go to the office of Dr. Carney, 1S23, to meet the
Developmental Fellow, and the chief psychologist of the School Function
Patients are usually school-aged children who
have been referred to this specialty clinic by their general
pediatrician or by the school, or through family self-referral. These
children are felt to have some problems or difficulties with learning,
and the goal is to identify where the difficulties lie, and how they
can best be handled.
Patients are seen only by
appointment. Each session usually involves one or two separate
evaluations by members of a multidisciplinary team. The resident will
be under the supervision of the Developmental Fellow, and the chief
psychologist. Residents will participate directly in the assessment of
a child with possible learning disorders.
This experience will allow the resident to become familiar with:
neurodevelopmental, physical/medical, environmental, behavioral, and
psycho-social factors which contribute to school/learning problems.
role of the different professionals and the functions of the School
Function Clinic's, (or any educationally-related), interdisciplinary
various assessments and tests used by psychologists, educational
specialists and pediatricians to evaluate the abilities and skills of
children with learning problems; the relevant diagnoses and terminology
used in describing these problems.
94-142, the national legislation guaranteeing all children, (no matter
what handicapping condition or disability they may have), the right to
an appropriate public education; the special education system; and
professional and parent advocacy.
Role of the Resident
The resident is expected to:
- Attend all sessions indicated on their individual schedule.
a history, and perform a neurological examination, which includes
testing for "minor neurological indicators", or neurological soft signs.
and administer the Einstein Assessment of School-Related Skills,
(EASRS), for each patient that they examine. The EASRS is a screening
tool that was developed for use by Pediatricians to screen their
patients for possible school-related difficulties.
up the examination of one patient, including the results of the EASRS
testing for that patient, and present the case at the monthly School
Function Clinic conference, as possible, and/or present/discuss the
case with Dr. Hopkins and the Developmental Fellow.