NEW AND REVISED AND EVEN BETTER CONSENT FORM (in brief)


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Dear________________________:
(Parent)

We want to do a case study evaluation on your child because he/she is evidently having B-I-G trouble at school. He/She can’t (check all that apply)

______ read ______ write ______ do math ______ go potty alone ______ play without biting someone (often a child, occasionally a teacher) ______ all of the above

We want to find out why your child is such a mess. We suspect that it may be your fault, but need to know for sure. A whole bunch of professional people are going to spend hours and hours and hours with you and your child, pulling him/her out of class frequently so they can get even further behind with their work, pulling you out of your job so that you can get even further and further behind with your work, and generally disrupting your schedule and your life.

Eventually, we will get done. Don’t ask us when, because we don’t really know. Honestly, we are doing the best we can with a small and frustrated staff who have no office space in the schools and who, therefore, must test your child in the Janitor’s broom closet or in the parking lot. If you fuss about how long it takes, we may cry.

When we do get done, we’ll meet with you at school at a mutually inconvenient time. There will be 172 sheets of paper on the table, and we will pass it around, and around, and around, and you will get to sign it again, and again. You might get dizzy. If yours is the last meeting of the day, the staff will definitely be dizzy. We’ll make an attempt to explain everything to you at this meeting. Don’t worry if you don’t understand all the big words, we don’t understand all of them either, but they sure look impressive in the form, don’t they?

At the end of all this, we’ll all understand why your child is in B-I-G trouble at school and we’ll have some new and exciting ideas for you and the teachers to try out. And, we’ll all live happily ever after (until time for the re-evaluation, when the entire process starts again).

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from John Willis & Ron Dumont  http://alpha.fdu.edu/psychology/