School psychologists are available in every school in Lawrence Township Schools. They are highly trained specialists in human growth and development, educational psychology, education, mental health and learning and behavioral change.
Their training and experience enable them to collaborate with other school personnel and parents to enhance children's learning and social-emotional development and adjustment. They promote the application of research-based psychological principles to assist in program development, instruction, and evaluation. Psychologists also serve with others as problem solvers in facilitating positive changes in learning environments, attitudes, and motivation in order to assist children to succeed academically, socially, and as good citizens.
The major functions of school psychologists may include:
Education and Prevention:
- Collaboration for interventions in home and school settings
- Development of teaching and learning strategies
- Providing classroom management strategies
- Assisting with functional behavioral assessment and plans
- Participating in crisis management
- Development of programs for children at risk
- Participating in school-wide initiatives to promote safer, more effective schools
- Facilitating small skills groups
- Team/school planning and problem solving
- Community-based collaboration with mental health and other agencies
- Participation in the General Education Intervention/Response to Intervention process.
- Learning environments
- Academic skills/learning aptitudes
- Personality/social skills/emotional development
- Participation in the special education eligibility process
- Using and analyzing data to drive instructional decisions