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FunctionalSchemesThe Functional Scheme is the tool developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen that helps to determine developmental skills level. We recommend that the student's Functional Scheme be updated at least annually.  You may want to review this video from Patty Obrzut about the Functional Scheme if you are not familiar with how to use it. After the initial assessment, the columns for "Learning has begun", "Performed in favorable conditions", and Performs spontaneously" provide important information about a student's progress in attaining skills. The team may want to review the Functional Scheme more frequently, especially if they see new skills emerging or notice regression. 

It is also important to be consistent in the way the Functional Scheme is scored. (See Some Tips on Completing the Functional Scheme.) This may be challenging when new individuals attempt to update the information.  Use this as a guide:

We also encourage that the educational team work in pairs to score the Functional Scheme and that the entire team review the results and reach agreement on the scores. The parents or primary caregivers are key to this process. They know the child best and are likely to be the only individuals consistently in the learner's life as he or she progresses through school.