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School Psychology

A School Psychologist is an important member of the educational team in any school district. Comprehensive evaluation services are provided for students with suspected disabilities, from preschool to 22 years of age. School Psychologists also assist in the prevention and early intervention for at-risk students. They can provide support in problem identification and intervention planning. Other support services include consultation with educators and community service providers, as well as updates on legal issues and research.

A School Psychologist serves as an advocate for the student, and liaison between families and school districts. School Psychologists receive extensive training in assessment, research, data analysis and behavioral/social-emotional functioning. They are in a unique position to provide meaningful interpretation of data and student performance to support academic, functional and mental well-being for all students.

Mercer County ESC has developed Case Manager positions to address the shortage of School Psychologists. Our Case Managers currently work full-time in support positions under direct supervision of licensed School Psychologists, to provide clerical support, administration of academic assessments and classroom observations, when applicable. The Case Management position is unique, in that it goes beyond a stop-gap, or short-term fix measure. Our Case Management positions are filled by current students in the graduate school for School Psychology at the University of Dayton. Our Case Managers hold full-time positions as ESC employees, while attending UD part-time. This type of ‘apprenticeship’ not only supports the School Psychologists, but allows for the connection and application of graduate school learning, to the daily school environment. For more information, please contact Rachel Glass, School Psychologist and Director of Services, at rachel.glass@mercercountyesc.org.

Link to University of Dayton, Graduate School of School Psychology:https://www.udayton.edu/education/learn/graduate/school-psychology-grad.php

Link to US News & World Report: Best Social Service Jobs: School Psychologist ranked #2 Best Social Service Job for 2016-2017
http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/school-psychologist 

Child Behavior Tip

Offer choices: When a child refuses to do -- or stop doing -- something, the real issue is usually control: You've got it; she wants it. So, whenever possible, give your preschooler some control by offering a limited set of choices. Rather than commanding her to clean up her room, ask her, "Which would you like to pick up first, your books or your blocks?" Be sure the choices are limited, specific, and acceptable to you, however. "Where do you want to start?" may be overwhelming to your child, and a choice that's not acceptable to you will only amplify the conflict.