The following is an entire School Observation Report of a kindergarten age child. It was completed at the request of his parents, to assist in planning his mainstream school placement. An effort was made to provide descriptions that could be easily visualized and understood by the reader, descriptions and observations that would lead to an understanding of this child's strengths and his needs, as well as a willingness to accept and support him.
Name: Joey Smith
Parents: Beth and Craig Smith
CA: 6 years 1 month
Observation date: March 23, 1999
Joey Smith is the six-year-old son of Beth and Craig Smith. He lives with his parents and his nine-year-old sister. Joey attends the pre-kindergarten class at a local school. His parents decided to have him attend this small, structured class after he had been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. This was described as his first positive school experience. He had been overwhelmed in preschool and generally unable to participate in any activities. Joey had an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and his parents and school district had agreed to have him enter a mainstream kindergarten the following September. He has been receiving language and occupational therapy services. His parents requested a school observation to assist in educational planning. I was introduced as a visitor to the class, and Joey did not know that I was there to observe him.