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School problems Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: School problems. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have there been school problems?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. What particular school problems are there?

    Why: e.g. learning difficulty, social problems, deterioration in school work, getting into trouble, poor school attendance, conflict with peers at school, conflict with teacher at school, bullying from peers.

  3. What are the details of the pregnancy, birth and new born?

    Why: e.g. prenatal infections, prenatal drugs and toxins, birth trauma or neonatal infection. Prematurity, lack of oxygen during childbirth and other factors during this period are sometimes associated with subsequent developmental difficulties. However, the majority of children with school problems do not have an abnormal perinatal history, and conversely a significant number of children with perinatal stress subsequently have normal academic achievement.

  4. What age was your baby when they reached certain milestones?

    Why: e.g. smiling, able to remain in sitting position unsupported, crawled, walked.

  5. Extent of vocabulary?

    Why: assesses expressive language.

  6. Is there consistent use of the same sounds for the same object or person?
  7. How many words can the child understand?

    Why: assesses receptive language. Receptive language is usually well in advance of expressive language.

  8. Are you concerned about your child's ability to hear?

    Why: the parent is usually the first to suspect a hearing problem.

  9. Environmental factors?

    Why: Many factors in the child's environment may contribute significantly to their ability to learn and consequent school problems. Determine if home environment is appropriately stimulating to enable good language development and presents opportunities for a wide variety of play experience.

  10. Socioeconomic circumstances?

    Why: Children from deprived socioeconomic circumstances are at risk of learning difficulties and school problems (due to family disruptions, suboptimal medical care and nutrition, lack of early stimulation, low parental education and expectations).

  11. Are there any emotional issues either in the child or family that may be contributing to learning difficulties and school problems?
  12. Family history of learning difficulties and school problems?

    Why: In some children there does seem to be an inherited basis for their learning difficulties.

  13. History of head injury?
  14. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. recurrent ear infections may result in a hearing problem and speech delay; prolonged hospitalization may cause transient learning difficulties; Children with any form of chronic disease may have learning difficulties and school problems (due to multiple factors including the illness itself, side effects from medications, frequent absences from school or reduced self confidence due their perception as being different).

  15. Alcohol or Illicit drug use history in mother during pregnancy?
  16. History of alcohol use in the student?
  17. History of illicit drug use in the student?

    Why: e.g. chronic marijuana or cannabis use can interfere with cognitive, concentration and memory processes to limit learning.

  18. Receptive language difficulty?

    Why: Competence in language is an essential component of school success. Children with receptive language difficulty have difficulty understanding auditory commands. They may have difficulty following instructions and explanations, and have subsequent problems with reading. These children often have secondary problems with attention and behavior in the classroom.

  19. Expressive language difficulty?

    Why: Competence in language is an essential component of school success. Children with expressive language difficulty have difficulty expressing what they want to say, and often have difficulty with peer relationships because of their weakness in verbal communication. These children often have secondary problems with attention and behavior in the classroom.

  20. Impulsive behavior, inattentiveness and hyperactivity?

    Why: may suggest attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Note that some children will have these behaviors as part of their intrinsic make-up, some may be due to emotional problems and anxiety, and some children may have these behaviors secondary to hearing deficits or developmental weaknesses.

  21. Poor social interaction and language delay in the child?

    Why: e.g. poor eye contact, aloneness, difficulties relating to peers - may suggest autism as cause of learning difficulty.

  22. Hearing problems?

    Why: Increasingly it is being recognised that children with subtle hearing problems are at a major risk of learning difficulties and school dysfunction. These children may develop subtle language and academic problems, as well as problems with attention and behavior.

  23. Vision problems?

    Why: Children with any form of visual problems which affect acuity or eye movements will similarly be at risk of learning difficulties and school dysfunction.

  24. Poor co-ordination and clumsiness?

    Why: Children with weaknesses in gross motor function appear poorly coordinated and clumsy and often are isolated from their peer group. This may have a secondary effect on self-esteem, which may affect their classroom motivation and performance.

  25. Symptoms of depression?

    Why: e.g. depressed mood, crying spells, anhedonia (loss of interest or pleasure), increase or decrease in appetite (usually decreased), weight loss or gain, insomnia or increased sleeping (usually early morning waking), fatigue, loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness, feelings of excessive guilt, poor concentration, difficulty making decisions. Depression may be mistaken for or imprecisely described as a learning disability.

  26. Symptoms of dyslexia?

    Why: e.g. child begins talking late; adds new words slowly and has difficulty rhyming; inability to recognise words and letters on a printed page; a reading ability well below the expected level for age of the child; problems processing and understanding what they hear; may have difficulty comprehending rapid instructions, following more than one command at a time or remembering a sequence of things; reversal of letters (b for d) and reversal of words (saw for was) persisting after the age of 6.

  27. Symptoms of Asperger's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. engaging in one-sided, long winded conversations, without noticing if the listener is listening or trying to change the subject; displaying unusual nonverbal communication such as lack of eye contact, few facial expressions or awkward body postures and gestures; showing an intense obsession with one or two specific, narrow subjects such as baseball, statistics, train schedules, weather or snakes; appearing not to understand, empathize with, or be sensitive to others.

  28. Indicators of possible sexual abuse?

    Why: e.g. direct reports from children, precocious sexual interest or preoccupation, indiscreet masturbatory activity, repeated absconding from home, social withdrawal, social isolation, fear and distrust of authorities, negative self-esteem, depression, suicidal behavior, substance abuse, somatic complaints including abdominal and pelvic pain.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: School problems:

The following list of conditions have 'School problems' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: School problems:

The following list of medical conditions have 'School problems' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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