School Psychologists promote educationally and psychologically healthy environments for all children and adolescents by implementing research-based, effective programs that prevent problems enhance independence and promote optimal learning.
School Psychologists are available to support all students. Most children and adolescents face problems from time to time. Some problems may include:
- Worrying about starting school.
- Struggling with organizational problems.
- Lacking in studying skills.
- Being introvert or shy
- Feeling sad, angry, lonely or rejected.
- Having problems with family or friends.
- Exam stress.
- Behavioral disorders.
Meeting student needs
School Psychologists provide services according to the individualized needs of the students in their schools. While practices vary, most school psychologists:
- Help school staff understand learning and behavior problems and their effects on student achievement.
- Participate in several problem-solving teams to support a student’s academic achievement.
- Provide suggestions and recommendations to promote success in the classroom and at home.
- Coordinate services between school staff and home.
- Provide recommendations for community resources and help to promote social and emotional wellness.
- Advocate for student needs both in and out of school.
- Provide direct support to specialized programs within the school.
- Provide individual and group counseling to students during the school day when it is deemed necessary to directly support academic achievement.
- Develop behavior intervention plans to support students whose behaviors impede their learning or the learning of other students.
- Develop educational strategies or action plans to support students in critical skill areas.
- Help student’s problem-solve conflicts.