Copy of a real letter received by the school. This evaluator was
trying to communicate something worthwhile to the school but no one
really knew what that was.
- Ms. Diane Hirley
- Case Coordinator
- Re: Kate Dumont
Dear Ms. Hirley:
Mr. and Mrs. Dumont have asked me to prepare a few general
psychological insights regarding Kate that might be useful for the
school in its efforts to meet her academic needs, and, perhaps,
attune and adjust specific approaches to accommodate such
Kate has made considerable progress in therapeutic endeavors and,
in general, social displays and behaviors are more age-appropriate
and acceptable than ever before. However, these adjustments tend to
be superficial in that they are results of conditioning and are not
truly expressions of incorporated behavior. In essence, Kate's social
responses are essentially rote ones and the internalizing is rather
The implication is of appropriate performance and functioning
related to significant maturational lags. Thus, when confronted with
marked stress, especially-when the situation is not routinized and
prosaic, regressive responses and reactions will be readily
The fundamental approaches to her, therefore, might take this into
account. Since the effort would be to facilitate and enhance
maturation, the focus would be on stabilizing a nurturing, supportive
atmosphere, tutorial but avoiding as much as possible, criticism and
Were the presentation toward her be couched in alliance terms,
with approaches pervasive with feelings of mutual acceptance and
shared goals of her mastering her world, minimizing the criticizing
and authoritarian aspects toward her responses would make her more
amenable to behavioral change and facilitate incorporation.
The creation of an acceptance-alliance relationship is more easily
created and sustained by having her limit her negotiations to just a
few tutorial figures who would, in addition, act as advocates.
I would, of course, be available for feedback, guidance, insight,
etc. as these approaches toward Kate become operational.
Please contact me if you have any questions.