Oklahoma School  Psychological  Association

What Do School Psychologists Do? 

School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students, consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies, work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services. They help schools successfully:

Improve Academic Achievement

Promote student motivation and engagement

Conduct psychological and academic assessments

Individualize instruction and interventions

Manage student and classroom behavior

Monitor student progress

Collect and interpret student and classroom data

Reduce inappropriate referrals to special education

Promote Positive Behavior and Mental Health

Improve students communication and social skills

Assess student emotional and behavioral needs

Provide individual and group counseling

Promote problem solving, anger management and conflict resolution

Reinforce positive coping skills and resilience

Promote positive peer relationships and social problem solving

Make referrals to and help coordinate community services provided in schools

Support Diverse Learnerers

Assess diverse learning needs

Provide culturally responsive services to students and families from diverse backgrounds

Plan appropriate Individualized Education Programs for students with disabilities

Modify and adapt curricula and instruction

Adjust classroom facilities and routines to improve student engagement and learning

Monitor and effectively communicate with parents about student progress

Create Safe, Positive School Climates

Prevent bullying and other forms of violence

Support social-emotional learning

Assess school climate and improve school connectedness

Implement and promote positive discipline and restorative justice

Implement school-wide positive behavioral supports

Identify at risk students and school vulnerabilities

Provide crisis prevention and intervention services

Strengthen Family-School Partnerships

Help families understand their child's learning and mental health needs

Assist in navigating special education processes

Connect families with community service providers when necessary

Help effectively engage families with teachers and other school staff

Enhance staff understanding and responsiveness to diverse cultures and backgrounds

Help students transition between school and community learning environments, such as residential treatment or juvenile justice programs

Improve School-Wide Assessment and Accountability Monitor individual student progress in academics and behavior

Generate and interpret useful student and school outcome data

Collect and analyze data on risk and protective factors related to student outcomes

Plan services at the district, building, classroom, and individual levels

What is a School Psychologist?

School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students.

(From the National Association of School Psychologists)

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