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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.

School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. They must complete a minimum of a Specialist-level degree program (60 graduate semester credits) that includes a 1200-hour internship and emphasizes preparation in the following: data-based decision making, consultation and collaboration, effective instruction, child development, student diversity and development, school organization, prevention, intervention, mental health, learning styles, behavior, research, and program evaluation.

School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB).

(NASP, National Association of School Psychologists, 2009)

Websites for Families

Back to School Tips

Help your child make a smoother transition back to school!
http://www.nasponline.org/resources/home_school/b2shandout.aspx

Talking with Children About the Flu (seasonal flu and novel H1N1)

Guidelines on talking to your child about the flu.
http://www.nasponline.org/resources/Talking_With_Children_About_Flu_FINAL.pdf

Homework Tips

Research has demonstrated that homework helps children learn how to plan and organize tasks. Homework also helps increase children's abilities to manage time, make choices, and problem solve. All of these skills contribute to effective functioning in the adult world of work and families. Learn more!
http://www.nasponline.org/resources/home_school/homework.aspx

Motivating Learning in Young Children

Young children are naturally curious and eager to explore the world around them. Guidance on motivating your young child to learn!
http://www.nasponline.org/resources/home_school/earlychildmotiv_ho.aspx