Referring a student

How to Refer a Student for Support Services

All you need to remember is:

  • if a student has a disability and needs to access services, refer the student to the Counseling Department to arrange an appointment with a DSS counselor.
  • if you suspect the student has a learning disability and are referring them for LD assessment, refer the student to the Counseling Department to arrange an appointment with a DSS Counselor.

It is likely that there are students in your classroom who you suspect may need special accommodations but who have not told you about their needs. Should you approach the student to discuss their need for services, please be sensitive to the fact that they may either be reluctant to discuss their problems, or they may have difficulty explaining them to you. If you feel reluctant or unsure of how to bring the subject up with the student, we would be happy to discuss this with you. It may be good practice to announce early on in each semester that our program exists. We would be happy to provide you with brochures to hand out to interested students.

A simply flow chart is outlined below to give you a better understanding of how a student is served through DSS.

dss flowchart to refer students

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