School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially and emotionally. They work to find the best solution for each student and situation and use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and districtwide support systems. School psychologists work with students individually and in groups. They also develop techniques to train teachers and parents regarding effective techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom, working with students and disablilities or with special talents, abuse of drugs and other substances and preventing and managing crises. School psychological services include: Consultation, Evaluation, Intervention and Research and Planning.
School Social Worker
School Social Workers are regularly involved in situations in which a student’s social relationships, emotions, health or behavioral issues interfere with their ability to function successfully within the school. School Social Workers are licensed counselors who specialize in providing support, consultation and evaluation services to children and adolescents dealing with issues such as school attendance, social skills training, impulse control, mental health concerns and substance abuse (to name a few). School social work services are available to all mainstream and special education students.
Occupational Therapist (OT)
The role of the occupational therapist is to assist with the development of visual motor integration, fine motor and visual perceptual skills, and activities of daily living that are necessary for greater independence in the school setting.
Physical Therapist (PT)
Physical therapy provides the opportunity for students to maximize their strength, flexibility, mobility, endurance, balance and independence with gross motor skills to allow them the greatest access to interact with their peers in the academic environment.
The speech/language pathologist serves students with language disorders (being able to understand and use language effectively in spoken and written forms), articulation (speech sound development), fluency (stuttering), voice (hoarseness, etc.), dysphagia (swallowing issues) and hearing impairment.
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