School psychologists have many important tasks in their days, from managing services for children with learning and attention issues to developing behavior plans for challenging students. In many cases, behavioral therapy can be a huge benefit to students, but parents may not have outside resources to make this happen for their children. Adding group therapy into the behavior and support plans that are being developed for your students can be a tremendous benefit both in the classroom and in a real-world setting. It can help more students get the services they need in a format that streamlines the process and saves time. Continue reading “Adding Group Therapy to School Behavior Plans”
Though summer is here, the next school year is always lingering at the back of the mind of most school psychologists. You may be thinking about what new challenges will pop up over the summer or be on the lookout for new activities that you can use to help your students. As icebreaker activities will be a great asset as the school year begins and everyone is trying to develop relationships with new students or those who are facing new situations in their lives, we have gathered a few activity ideas that might help you get the school year started off right. Continue reading “5 Icebreaker Activities for School Psychologists”
While we are often impressed by many of the educators we employ, it is extraordinarily special to have them recognized by the school district in which we place them. We get a warm and fuzzy feeling inside knowing that we are able to match individuals to their dream jobs, and that their talent is being utilized and appreciated. Take Keshia Porter, for instance. She is a school psychologist working in the Aurora Public School District and was given the Sharp Staff Award for her exemplary work ethic and dedication towards her 7th grade students. This is what Jessica Rodriguez Bracy, the AWCPA Assistant Principal, had to say about her. Continue reading “Outstanding School Psychologist Spotlight: Keshia Porter”
We’re proud to begin our new series, featuring stories from and spotlights on our amazing school-based professionals across the country. Stories will come from clinicians of all different disciplines, from speech pathology to sign language interpreting. Our first spotlight focuses on a school psychologist who had an interesting, unpredictable transition in her career. Continue reading “School Pro Spotlight: School Psychologist Tiffany”
With autism and learning disabilities bringing challenges to many classrooms, school therapists are in high demand. Most schools have access to a team of specialists who can help with speech, occupational, and language issues, and many other problems that face children in and out of the classroom that can be accessed at no cost to families.
Many times, parents and teachers are not aware of all of the different programs available. Healthcare workers should make themselves aware of the many different services that are available within the school system and share that information with parents, to create a cohesive plan of action when working to improve the life of a child. Continue reading “School Therapy Resources”
Many schools across the country are discovering a shortage of school psychologists. Schools often need to share those individuals that they have and struggle to replace any that leave for one reason or another. School psychologists are a part of the school community that support students while learning and teachers while teaching. Individuals with a school psychologist training have a background in learning, mental health, and more. They are able to work with students on boosting their academic, social, emotional, and behavioral well being within the school day. School psychologists are often the individuals that build the home, school, and community connection to support students in their learning environment. Continue reading “A Shortage of School Psychologists”