Identifying Students with Special Needs
Springfield Public Schools psychologists play a critical role in the identification of and response to students with special needs. Using their expertise in the area of assessment, school psychologists can help identify students who may need specialized instruction and design appropriate academic and behavioral interventions.
As part of the ongoing response to a student's special needs, school psychologists provide consultation to both parents and teachers. Such consultation varies considerably according to a student's needs and may involve activities such as the modification of an individual academic or behavior plan or monitoring student progress, either academic or behavioral.
School psychologists also provide direct services to students and their families through counseling, help with parenting skills, social skills training, and more.
Providing a Critical Link
School psychologists also provide a critical link between schools, families and the community by helping school and families access social services that are available in the community, assuring the broadest possible response to a student's needs.