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I am the school psychologist at Southern Lehigh Middle School. My goal is to support students' academic, behavioral, and social needs by identifying and assessing learning barriers and providing counseling and mentoring.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at 610-282-3700, ext. 6552 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Who are School Psychologists?
School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. Their principle objective is to apply scientific values of learning and behavior to improve school-related difficulties and to facilitate the learning and development of children. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students.
School psychologists are qualified to provide a broad range of skills to address student needs and to improve school support systems. Their skills enable them to offer comprehensive psychological evaluations, as well as consult with school personnel in relation to students’ learning, behavior, and environments. They provide individual, group, and organizational interventions, including counseling. Although school psychologists are not generally trained teachers, they do bring a unique stance to the educational arena. The specific role(s) a school psychologist act in are usually defined by the system in which they work.
One of the primary duties of school psychologists is assessment. School psychologists assess students suspected of having a disability as part of the process in determining eligibility for special services. A school psychologist administers a cognitive battery to obtain a level of intellectual functioning and academic potential. This battery also provides a better understanding of the student’s strengths and weaknesses. Personality assessments are used to obtain data about a student’s emotional and behavioral functioning. A strong aspect of assessment is the collaborative process in which the school psychologist obtains the teachers’ and parents’ perspectives. This allows the school psychologist to develop a comprehensive picture of the student, his or her functioning, and how interventions can be developed. Through this process, a multidisciplinary team is developed to determine if a disability is interfering with a student’s ability to learn.
The counseling aspect of school psychologists allows for a wide repertoire of interventions, such as organizational skill building and social skills training. Services are usually provided in an individual or group basis, and the availability of these services varies from system to system.