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Wrap Around Pilot Program: A brief evaluation

Tara Blanchard and Sara Tup Evans
Edith Cowan University
The Wrap Around Pilot Program focuses on children with ADD/ADHD at educational risk. It has been implemented in 12 schools in the Joondalup Education District through a joint initiative between the Joondalup Child Development Centre and the Joondalup District Education Office. Postgraduate students from Edith Cowan University were asked to evaluate the Wrap Around Program. To facilitate this request, the evaluators conducted semi-structured interviews with individuals associated with the program, namely parents, teachers, school facilitators, and health professionals. After the data was analysed several findings became apparent.

Firstly, the Wrap Around Program was considered to be a positive step in facilitating a collaborative planning process, and most teachers and parents agreed that the Wrap Around Program allowed children to be diagnosed faster than through regular channels. Although most parents were confident about their child's ADD/ADHD diagnosis as a result of the Wrap Around Program, most parents were concerned about medicating their child. A second issue identified by teachers and parents indicated that it was difficult to access medical records from health professionals after the initial meeting about the child.

Overall the majority of stakeholders agreed that the program was valuable in assisting children with ADHD/ADD and stressed the importance of its continuation. Recommendations will be discussed.

Please cite as: Blanchard, T. and Evans, S. T. (2003). Wrap Around Pilot Program: A brief evaluation. In Partners in Learning. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 11-12 February 2003. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2003/abstracts/blanchard1-abs.html

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