What is a school psychologist?
School psychologists are "related service providers," just like speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists. We are specialists in the areas of cognitive, learning, social, emotional and behavioral development, as well as in educational interventions. We provide a range of supports and services to help students find success and enjoyment in school, and to develop the skills and strengths needed as they grow and mature toward adulthood.
Often, school psychologists become involved with students (and their families) when significant needs exist. School psychologists are frequently involved in the special education evaluation process. We also provide support in situations in which students are struggling in school but are not identified for special education services.
In our district, school psychologists collaborate with guidance counselors to ensure that there are a range of services and supports available to all students.