School Psychologists

The role of the school psychologist is to provide services to students in collaboration with school staff to meet the individual needs of students.  Psychological counseling and testing services are provided to students designated by the Committee on Special Education.  Tests are adminstered to determine the intellectual, emotional and mental status of students.  Attempts are always made to reach early diagnosis and appraisal of each child and direct assistance is given to students and parents, as appropriate, to help wtih the child's education.  School psychologists help students succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. 
 
School psychologists work with students to:
  • Provide counseling, instruction, and mentoring for those students struggling with social, emotional, and behavioral problems
  • Increase achievement by assessing barriers to learning and determining best instructional strategies to improve learning
  • Promote wellness and resilience by reinforcing communication and social skills, problem solving, anger management, self-regulation, self-determination, and optimism
  • Enhance understanding and acceptatnce of diverse cultures and backgrounds
School psychologists work with teachers to:
  • Identify and resolve academic barriers to learning
  • Design and implement student progress monitoring systems
  • Design and implement academic and behavioral interventions
  • Support effective individualized instruction
  • Create positive classroom environments
  • Motivate all students to engage in learning
School psychologists work with students and their families to:
  • Identify and address learning and behavior problems that interfere with school success
  • Evaluate eligibility for special education services (with a multidisciplinary team)
  • Support students' social, emotional, and behavioral health
  • Teach parenting skills and enhance home-school collaboration
  • Make referrals and help coordinate community support services
 

 

 
 
 
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