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Writing Useful, Accessible, and Legally Defensible Psychoeducational Reports by Michael Hass, Jeanne Anne Carriere

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Appendix IIWhat Do These Reports Look Like?

In this appendix, we provide six different examples of reports using a question-driven, referral-based report model. The first thing you may notice is that although they all use the same model, they also look different from each other. This is because there are two different authors who have both implemented this model in their own ways and writing styles. For example, Michael tends to write about the assessment tools he chooses in statements, where Jeanne Anne uses a list organized around the RIOT model. In Jeanne Anne’s reports, she includes an italicized and bolded answer to the evaluation question directly after the question, and then provides the narrative of how she got to this answer, whereas Michael usually uses thematic statements throughout the narrative to answer evaluation questions. Please note, these are simply personal writing differences and the key elements of the report writing style are all intact. We have purposefully selected reports that represent children of different ages and Special Education eligibilities as well as reports that have slightly different formats and styles. All of them are consistent with the approach we advocate but offer options for your consideration. We want to remind you that we have changed all identifying information to preserve the confidentiality of the children, parents, teachers, and other professionals we mention in these samples.

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