Ms. Zwack, School Psychologist


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What School Psychologists Do

School psychologists work to find the best solution for each student and situation; they use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems.

School psychologists work with students individually and in groups. They also develop programs to train teachers and parents about effective teaching and learning strategies, techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom, working with students with disabilities or with special talents, and preventing and managing crises.

In addition, most school psychologists provide the following services.

Consultation

    * Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems.
    * Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior.
    * Strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community.

Evaluation

    * Evaluate eligibility for special services.
    * Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning.
    * Determine social-emotional development and mental health status.
    * Evaluate learning environments.

Prevention

    * Design programs for children at risk of failing at school.
    * Promote tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity within the school community.
    * Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments.
    * Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving psychological and physical health.
    * Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to promote healthy school environments.

Research and Planning

    * Evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management programs.
    * Identify and implement programs and strategies to improve schools.
    * Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions.

This handout was developed by Arlene Silva, University of Maryland school psychology graduate student intern at the NASP office (summer 2003), with contributions from NASP staff and leadership.