40 samoset rd, winchester, ma 01890

School Psychologist

Lynch School Psychologist: Jenny Bove
e. jbove@winchesterps.org

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

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 work with teachers and parents to discuss 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 education services.

  • Assess cognitive skills and aptitude for learning.

  • Determine social-emotional development and mental health status.

  • Evaluate learning environments.

Intervention

  • Provide psychological counseling to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with school performance.

  • Work directly with children and their families to help resolve problems in adjustment and learning.

  • Provide training in social skills and anger management.

  • Help families and schools manage crises such as death, illness, or community trauma.

Prevention

  • Promote tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity within the school community.

  • Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning 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.

Adapted from the National Association of School Psychologists website (www.nasponline.org).

Online Resources for Parents:

http://www.nasponline.org/families/index.aspx   Provides downloadable articles on a variety of topics including back-to-school transitions, anxiety, behavior, stress and coping, mental health, resilience.

http://www.mspa-online.com/hub/articles.html  Additional downloadable articles on a variety of topics.

www.ldonline.org/parents  A great website on learning disabilities.

http://www.allkindsofminds.org/ptk/index.aspx Parent toolkit from the All Kinds of Minds website.