When there is an academic or behavioral problem, we talk to teachers, parents, specialists. We observe the student and analyze work samples with a fine tooth comb. All too often, we overlook a valuable source of information about a student, the student! The information gained from a student interview can provide a better description of the problem from the student's perspective. It may shed light on other factors previously overlooked that may be contributing to the problem, which in turn can guide effective interventions. Finally, the most important information gained can be about what is going well and what the student enjoys. Research indicates that the most effective interventions build upon student strengths and contain positive reinforcement individualized to the students preferences. This interview, which can be conducted in as little as 5-10 minutes provides a structure in which to guide this valuable information.