Our expert says:
I'm sure this is, indeed excessive. Except in rare cases where there might be neurological problems, sending a kid to a psychologist for untidy handwriting is ridiculous. The school has ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT to "insist" that you take your child to see any shrink, let alone one they select, and for any shrink or doctor to work too closely with a school would be unprofessional and unethical.
Confidentiality is absolutely required, and no health professional may send ANY report to the school without the consent of the parents. Maybe they mean what WHEN a report is sent to the school, they find that shrink's reports easier to understand and work with.
I wonder whether the professional board for psychology within the HEalth professions COuncil would be interested in what sounds like far too close and cosy a relationship between one single shrink and a school that sounds far too eager to send p[rofitable business his way.
If my child had problems, I'd be anxious for them to see a different psychologist to get a fresh opinion, and the goal is to help the child and satisfy the parent, not to make the school happy.
As Purple raises, in my experience some schools have a ridiculous relationship with OT, and send kids to an OT who is not qualified to make paediatric diagnoses ( physical or psychological )
Its OK for a school to recommend a couple or more psychologists who they have found to be capable and to have helped children in their experience. But its cheeky and imporoper for them to either insist on a referral, or insist that only one psychologist in the region is capable. That smells of kickbacks or other unsavoury practices.
And by the way, my handwriting is still atrocious, and it has never caused me a second of problems in my long life.
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