School Psychologists provide a broad range of services to all students, including the assessment of individual needs and problems, consultation with teachers, administrators and parents, direct intervention with students, and program development for students, parents and staff. There is one psychologist for each of Pearl River's schools, with the exception of the High School, which has two. The psychologists serve on the Instructional Support Team, coordinate the screening of new entrants, act as the case managers for students receiving special education services, and are mandated members of the Committee on Special Education. Using classroom observations, interviews and formal testing, the psychologists identify the issues affecting academic performance and behavior, and develop strategies in cooperation with the school, family and student to address the situation. School psychologists work with teachers, parents, and outside resources to promote academic success, reduce behavior problems, and enhance the personal well being of all students.
Role of the School Psychologist
School psychologists work with teachers, parents, and outside resources to promote academic success, address behavioral needs, and enhance the personal well-being of all students.
Among the services they provide are:
- Administer mandated and non-mandated assessments to determine individual student strengths and needs
- Conduct and use interviews and classroom observations, together with assessments noted above, to identify the issues affecting students' academic performance and behavior
- Consultation with teachers, administrators and parents
- Direct intervention with students including counseling as a related service, groups, crisis intervention, etc.
- Program development for students, parents and staff
- Serve on the Instructional Support Team providing input into the plan of intervention for individual students
- Assist in coordination of screening students entering the district and act as the case managers for students receiving special education services
- Serve as mandated members of the Committee on Special Education