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The role of School Psychologists

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As a parent, you always want the best for your child. You want them to have a quality education and find success in their academic and social lives. However, sometimes children face challenges that can impede their progress. This is where school psychologists come in. In this blog post, we will explore the role of school psychologists and why they are an essential resource for your child’s wellbeing

What is a school psychologist?
A school psychologist is a trained professional who specializes in mental health and education. They work in schools to help students overcome academic, emotional, and social challenges. They are trained to provide mental health support, to conduct assessments to identify learning disabilities, behavioral issues, and mental disorders. They collaborate with teachers, parents, and other professionals to help students succeed academically and emotionally

How do school psychologists help students?
School psychologists work with students in many ways. They provide counseling to students who are struggling with emotional issues, such as anxiety or depression. They also provide support to students who are experiencing challenging issues in their personal lives, such as divorce, trauma, or grief.

School psychologists play a pivotal role in identifying learning disabilities and other academic challenges that may impede a student’s progress. They work with teachers to create individualized learning plans for students with special needs. They also help to identify and solve behavioral issues in the classroom that may prevent students from reaching their academic goals.

How can parents benefit from working with school psychologists?
Parents can benefit from the services provided by school psychologists in several ways. For one, a good school psychologist can help identify any emotional or academic issues that may be impeding their child’s progress. They can also provide support and resources to parents who may be struggling with a child’s behavioral or emotional issues.

School psychologists can also support parents to understand and navigate the process of getting their child specialized education services either within the school district or through outside providers. Additionally, they can provide parents with strategies on how to promote positive mental health in their children.

In conclusion, school psychologists play an essential role in the overall wellbeing and success of our children. They support the social-emotional development of students, identify and address learning and behavioral challenges, and provide resources to both students and parents to support them on this journey. As a parent, it is imperative to understand the valuable services school psychologists provide and to take advantage of their support when necessary. Your child’s success is their top priority!


Contact Us

If you have any questions about school psychology, please contact the members of the School Psychology Team in Central Office:

Director: Kevin Parker
Program Manager: Dr. Jamila Mitchell
Program Manager: Michael Nyman
Program Manager: Dr. Ramonia Smith
Program Manager: Dr. Carlos Phillip

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