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 Clinic.

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:

  • The neurodevelopmental, physical/medical, environmental, behavioral, and psycho-social factors which contribute to school/learning problems.
  • The role of the different professionals and the functions of the School Function Clinic's, (or any educationally-related), interdisciplinary evaluation team.
  • The 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.
  • PL 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.
  • Take a history, and perform a neurological examination, which includes testing for "minor neurological indicators", or neurological soft signs.
  • Learn, 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.
  • Write 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.