If you believe a student might benefit from the PLuS Program:
Talk to the student.
Giving the student some information about PLuS or the 'What is PLuS' Form may facilitate this process.
Encourage the student to contact PLuS to discuss eligibility.
The student should make an appointment for an intake interview with the PLuS Director; however, some students may be reluctant to initiate contact. Facing the prospect of having a disability can be difficult to accept and handle.
The Intake Interview
When a student contacts PLuS, an intake interview is scheduled. The interview takes about 25-35 minutes and the PLuS director asks the student questions about:
- Academic performance
- Organization, time management, memory, etc.
- Study skills, exam taking skills, etc.
If you discuss this part with the student, refer to the interview as a discussion; the less threatening the visit to PLuS sounds, the more likely it is that the student will follow-through.
Based on the information gathered during the interview, recommendations will be made.
- If testing for learning disabilities and/or ADHD is recommended, several referrals to university and hospital sites, and private practitioners will be discussed with the student.
- If testing for learning disabilities is not recommended, referrals to other services deemed more appropriate will be discussed. Other services may include DePaul's student support services such as the Counseling Department, Writing Center, Office for Students with Disabilities, etc.