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SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS. Helping children achieve their best. In school. At home. In life. National Association of School Psychologists. Your School Psychology Team:. School psychologists believe that all children learn when given:. Adequate supports and resources

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School psychologists


Helping children achieve their best.

In school.

At home.

In life.

National Association of School Psychologists

Your school psychology team
Your School Psychology Team:

School psychologists believe that all children learn when given
School psychologists believe that all children learn when given:

  • 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

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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

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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 environment

  • Are mandated participants in the follow evaluations/MET’s:

    • Specific learning disability

    • Cognitive impairment

    • Autism spectrum disorder

    • Emotional impairment

School psychologists link mental health to learning and behavior to promote
School Psychologistslink mental health to learning and behavior to promote:

  • 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 psychologists
Why Children Need School Psychologists

  • Learning difficulties

  • Behavior concerns

  • Fears about war, violence, terrorism

  • Problems at home or with peers

  • Depression and other mental health issues

  • Attention problems

  • Poverty

  • Diversity, cultural and language barriers


School psychologists work with children, parents and staff to help determine a child’s:

  • 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 families

  • Develop individualized solutions for learning and adjustment

  • Plan and implement crisis response

  • Provide

    • Counseling

    • Social skills training

    • Behavior management solutions

Education train teachers and parents in
EducationTrain 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 development
Research and Program Development

  • Recommend and implement evidence-based programs and strategies

  • Generate new knowledge of learning and behavior

  • Evaluate effectiveness of programs and interventions

  • Contribute to school-wide reform and restructuring

Mental health care
Mental Health Care

  • Deliver school-based mental health services

  • 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

School psychologists help prevent bullying
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
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 crisis

  • Offer information and referrals for those who

    need further help

School psychologists promote cultural competence
School psychologists promote cultural competence

  • Provide students culturally and linguistically appropriate assessment and intervention services

  • Understand how cultural issues relate to mental health and learning

  • Respect and respond to children’s diverse needs

  • Support culturally and linguistically appropriate communications with parents