School psychologists perform evaluations of students who are experiencing difficulties. Through assessment the psychologist helps determine the nature and extent of the difficulties. The psychologist also identifies strengths on which to base remediation or adjustments in support systems which promote learning and positive growth.
A school psychologist consults with teachers, counselors, administrators, parents, and others regarding individual children, group processes, learning theories, the fostering of emotional growth, program effectiveness, and many other educational concerns. However, the primary emphasis is usually on the individual child and his/her learning and adjustment.
A school psychologist may also provide short-term or individual counseling relating to school adjustment problems in crisis situations or with the objective of encouraging necessary long-term treatment.
WHAT TYPES OF PROBLEMS DOES A SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST TYPICALLY DEAL WITH?
The school psychologist works with learning difficulties, peer/teacher relationships, and social and emotional problems.
A school psychologist may also be consulted about home-related problems which are related to school performance, may offer some immediate assistance, and will help the parent locate and secure ongoing help.
Dr. Brittany Lourea-Waddell, Program Administrator of Psychological Services at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, can be reached at 610-755-9433.