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Make Sure To Get Fully-Informed Consent

As an educator, you know that there are times when there are things that you need for your students which require their parents to give an informed consent. For example, if your student needs to undergo some special testing, you have to have permission to give it to them. That permission needs to come from their parent. In order to give that permission, the parent has to understand what is going on and what needs to be done. If the parent doesn't speak English or speaks English poorly, it can be hard for the parent to understand what's going on. 

Informed Consent

Informed consent is more than just making sure that the other person is told what is going on. It means that the other person needs to fully understand exactly what is going to happen. That will include every step of the process and about how long each thing will take. The other person will also need to be told all the consequences or effects of the action. Informed consent also includes the chance for the other person to ask questions so that they can understand better what's going on. For example, if your student needs to go through certain testing to see if they qualify for an IEP, you will have to tell their parents what the testing is, what it entails, who will administer it, and how long it will take. You will also need to make sure that they understand why their child is having the testing done. The parent also needs to be able to ask questions to further their understanding. All of this means that you need to make sure that you are giving the parent the information in a language they understand, whether it's a foreign language or simplified English. 


If the parent doesn't speak English or doesn't speak it well, you may feel the urge to use their child as a translator, if the child speaks English. However, that's not fair to anyone. The child doesn't understand all of the educational information and may not be able to translate everything well. Instead, what you need to do is to work with an educational translator. They will be able to translate all of the educational terms correctly and help the parent with understanding particular terms. That way, you will be able to get fully-informed consent, and the parent will understand what is going on. 

If you are an educator, there are times when you need to have testing done for a student. Informed consent is necessary before that testing can happen. Contact a company like Executive Linguist Agency for more information and assistance.