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Helping children achieve their best.
In school.
At home.
In life.
National Association of School Psychologists
School Psychology
School psychologists believe
that all children learn when
Adequate supports and resources
Recognition of their individual needs
Connection to and trust in adults
Opportunities to achieve
Acceptance and encouragement
Cooperation between school and home
School psychologists:
• Are uniquely positioned to prepare students
to meet the demands of the world in which
they live
• Have specialized training in both psychology
and education which extends their expertise
far beyond the most familiar roles of
conducting evaluations to determine special
education eligibility
• Can support the social, emotional, and
academic learning goals of all students and
can provide services that impact learning at
the individual, small group, classroom,
building, or school district level
School psychologists:
• Collaborate with teachers, administrators,
parents, other school specialists and other
health professionals to ensure that every
child learns in a safe, healthy, support
• Are mandated participants in the follow
Specific learning disability
Cognitive impairment
Autism spectrum disorder
Emotional impairment
School Psychologists
link mental health to learning and behavior to
• High academic achievement
• Positive social skills and behavior
• Healthy relationships and connectedness
• Tolerance and respect for others
• Competence, self-esteem, and resiliency
Why Children Need School
Learning difficulties
Behavior concerns
Fears about war, violence, terrorism
Problems at home or with peers
Depression and other mental health issues
Attention problems
Diversity, cultural and language barriers
What Do
School psychologists work with children,
parents and staff to help determine a
•Academic skills
•Learning aptitudes and styles
•Personality and emotional development
•Social skills and behavior issues
•Learning environments, school climate
•Special education eligibility
• Help teachers, parents, and administrators
understand child development and learning
• Provide positive alternatives for helping children
with learning and behavior problems
• Strengthen working relationships among
educators, parents, and community services
• Implement programs to build positive
connections between students and adults
• Identify potential learning difficulties early
• Design programs for children at risk
• Help adults to address problem behavior(s)
• Foster tolerance and appreciation of diversity
• Create safe, supportive learning environments
• Work face-to-face with children and
• Develop individualized solutions for
learning and adjustment
• Plan and implement crisis response
• Provide
– Counseling
– Social skills training
– Behavior management solutions
Train teachers and parents in:
Teaching and learning strategies
Parenting techniques
Classroom management techniques
Working with exceptional students
Strategies to address substance abuse
and risky behaviors
• Crisis prevention and response
Research and Program
• Recommend and implement evidencebased programs and strategies
• Generate new knowledge of learning and
• Evaluate effectiveness of programs and
• Contribute to school-wide reform and
Mental Health Care
• Deliver school-based mental health
• Coordinate with community resources
and health care providers
• Partner with parents and teachers to
create healthy school environments
NASP and state professional
associations are dedicated to advocacy
School Psychologists Encourage:
Appropriate education placements
Education reform
Legislative involvement
Community services and programs
Funding for adequate resources
Examples of efforts in our
School psychologists
help prevent bullying
• Develop and institute school-wide
prevention programs/codes of conduct
• Train students on conflict resolution and
social problem solving
• Educate teachers to recognize warning
signs and intervene immediately
• Work individually with students who are
victims or bullies
School psychologists help
prevent and respond to crises
• Collaborate with school staff and district
administration to develop a comprehensive
crisis response plan
• Help identify those who are most distressed
and need interventions or referrals
• Provide training on effective coping skills
• Offer group and family interventions
• Provide follow-counseling/support after a
• Offer information and referrals for those who
need further help
School psychologists promote
cultural competence
• Provide students culturally and linguistically
appropriate assessment and intervention
• Understand how cultural issues relate to
mental health and learning
• Respect and respond to children’s diverse
• Support culturally and linguistically
appropriate communications with parents
School Psychology Assignments:
To contact your school