Easy and accessible for parents, children, school and healthcare professionals
Keep track of a child’s functioning
How long does it take to complete?
In the case of a child exhibiting complex problems it may take up to an hour to complete the initial Functional Profile. For subsequent profiles, or in the case of child with a less complex presentation, considerably less time may be required.
It is important to keep in mind that a carefully completed profile saves many hours of consultation, because it allows parents and schools to work together and to identify concerns in one go. This offers the advantage of allowing quick subsequent action in an efficient and focused manner.
Examples of the Functional Profile
You put the FP to work for the child:
Points of action for support
To measure a child’s progress
To monitor student inflow and outflow
For prolonged periods of mediocre functioning
In the case of questions for care teams
Group analysis: of a class, department or school.
Benefits of the Functional Profile
The FP offers insight into complex situations. It analyses a child’s support requirements, and helps a parent, teacher or caregiver to correctly interpret and express that need. It empowers those involved in the care of a child to take quick and precise action. It can be applied for individual children and groups alike.
Become more skilled at taking action
Evaluate the effect of your actions
Support based on needs
Do what is required, not more and not less
Group analysis and group-directed advice (at the policy level)
Who can be asked to complete a FP?
Anyone who is involved in caring for the child can participate and complete a Functional Profile. This includes parents (either together or separately), a teacher and/or counselor, grandparent, healthcare professional, social worker, or sports instructor. A higher degree of participation from people involved in the care of the child will allow for a more differentiated picture of the child’s functioning.
When is the FP used?
The FP can be useful if you and your child have come to a standstill, and if you are unsure of how to move forward. It can also be applied to benefit groups of children, in order to visualize in- and outflow, and to gain insight in the functioning of a single class or grade, or at an institutional level.
Maartje van Rijen
Educational care specialist at YOUP
What is a Functional Profile, and how can it work for me?
The Functional Profile (FP) is an online tool that offers a fast and accessible overview of how your child is doing. All that’s required is for you to complete a series of simple questions about the child’s functioning, skills and abilities, and living environment. Schools and healthcare professionals will complete the same profile, thus providing you with a complete picture of your child’s needs, and what is required to improve his or her functioning.