I received the intake forms last week and couldn't believe the THREE packets of forms that have to be filled out.
13 pages of forms and 2 letters to the parent(s)
2 pages of forms
15 pages of forms (about 8 pages to be filled out by the child's teacher... yeah, um... not applicable yet)
Besides the fact that filling out medical history forms for so many various doctors and therapists is extremely time consuming, I actually found the intro letter to be a little "off-putting". I understand that it is a form letter not generally targeted toward the parent of a 1 year old micro preemie, but this is what I read immediately upon opening the large manilla 8x10 envelope, not even sure of who the "letter" came from.
Your child is being evaluated for attention, school, or behavioral problems.Way to start a relationship with a parent.... do they not know that a parent will read this sentence something like this:
You screwed up your child!!!
It goes on to provide instruction on filling out the multitude of forms yourself, getting the school/teacher to fill out the other pile of forms, sending them back to the practice - THEN they will schedule an appointment.
To add insult to injury, letter #2 in Packet 1 reads as follows:
Here at our center we are frequently asked to evaluate children whose parents are never married, divorced or are in the process of a divorce.
It goes on to talk about how the parents need to work together in the best interest of the child. Because of this letter, rather than leaving Father blank on the preceding form I indicated "Donor, no father".
But reading that first sentence of the letter, I read it something along the lines of this:
Because you are not married, you screwed up your child!!!
Honestly, this is nothing that I lost sleep over, probably because Ella is so young I know I have not screwed her up yet so it's not directed at ME. But for the parents of older kids who get this package (and generally overall), it just seems like the initial communications come across a bit hostile.
What do you think?