School Observations allow a better understanding of a child’s functioning within the classroom and considers their academic, social, emotional and behavioral functioning. This aids in developing specific and individually tailored interventions and supports to improve functioning and learning.
- School observations allow one to assess and appreciate a wide range of behaviors in their natural setting. A direct observation allows for description and evaluation of specific behaviors as well.
- School observations are a nice adjunct to behavioral rating scales which can be vague or imprecise in appreciating the nuances of a child's functioning.
- School observations can be helpful in facilitating teachers' and educators' understanding of how their neurocognitive profile of strengths and weaknesses are playing out in the classroom.
- School observations of an individual child allow undivided attention to a child's functioning over a period of time, without having to simultaneously attend to the needs of the rest of the classroom (as is the case with teachers).
- Observational data often provide robust data
- Behavioral rating scales are completed by teachers specifically for the evaluations. These rating scales provide specific information regarding frequency and severity of a range of behaviors. However, observation also allows for an assessment of the functions of that behavior. Behavioral observations can provide data related to the purpose or cause of a given behavior by evaluating antecedent and consequent events that maintain the target behavior.