National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 8, June

A Commentary on School Psychology Graduate Students and the APA Model Act
Over the last few months NASP has received a variety of questions from graduate students regarding how the American Psychological Association's (APA) Model Act for State Licensure of 'Psychologists (MLA) proposals could potentially impact their future...
Advancing Social Justice through Primary Prevention
A commitment to social justice is integral to being an effective schoolpsychologist. While social justice is a term that is not easily defined, professionals in school psychology have characterized it as the idea that all students are entitled to be...
Best Practice Guidelines for School Psychology Internships
The NASP Delegate Assembly voted unanimously to endorse a new set of best practice guidelines for school psychology internships at its meeting in Boston on February 28, 2009. The guidelines, which were developed as part of the NASP standards revision...
Best Practices in the Identification of Children with Learning Disabilities
FEATURED CHAPTER THIS MONTH: CHAPTER 17CHAPTER ABSTRACTPerhaps no topic is of wider concern to school psychologists than identification of, and educational planning for, children with specific learning disabilities (SLD). Of children who receive special...
Brandon Gamble: Training Future Difference Makers
A DIFFERENCE MAKER ON BEHALF OF CHILDRENWhen Brandon Gamble was nominated for School Psychologist of the Year by the California Association of School Psychologists, it was quickly apparent that he was someone who was making a difference for students,...
Collaborating with Physicians: A Guide for Educators
Sooner or later, most educators will work with students who have significant medical or health problems. Finding ways to support these students can be enhanced by developing a collaborative relationship with the family's physicians or other healthcare...
Communicating Effectively during Early Career Transitions: Using Self-Reflection
In order to successfully deliver a message, understanding one's own communication style is essential, followed by an analysis of the communication styles and needs of one's targeted authence. Effective communicators can adjust their natural style to...
Early Career Success Managed by Effective Communication
Entering a new position and career is an exciting and energizing experience, but it can also be intimidating and stressful! While the initial assignment as a school psychologist is often the primary point of entry into the field, a similar entry process...
Editor's Note
Advocacy is in the air! COMMUNIQUÉ published a number of articles recently on various advocacy topics. Well, they just keep coming; this time in the form of articles on social justice. Spurred by School Psychology Review's special topic, "Promoting Social...
Enhancing Cultural Sensitivity through Education and Practica Experiences Abroad
Enhancing cultural sensitivity reaches far beyond the classroom for school psychology students at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, OH. In order to practice what is learned in the classroom, students have participated in numerous...
First Official Meeting of the Bilingual School Psychology Interest Group
The NASP 2009 Convention marked the first official meeting of the newly formed Bilingual School Psychology Interest Group, where approximately 45 practitioners, trainers, and graduate students were in attendance. The interest group was created in response...
From the Nasp Ebsco Online Library
Featured ArticlesThe NASP EBSCO Online Library provides access to more than one million full-text articles, including thosebelow on conducting online research. To read these articles, log in or purchase access at http://www.nasponline.org/ebsco/ebscoaccess.aspx.Web-Based...
How to Promote School Psychological Services through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
ADVOCACYWhat Is the ARRA?The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), also known as the "Stimulus Act" and "Economic Recovery Act," was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. As a response to the economic downturn that we are...
Idea in Practice
Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008 became effective on January i, 2009. The Amendments Act broadens the interpretation of disability, aligning it with the intent of...
Interview with Book Editor Janine Jones
The following is an interview with Janine M. Jones, PhD, NCSP, the editor of the new NASP publication, The Psychology ofMulticulturalism in the Schools: A Primer for Practice, Training, and Research. A podcast interview with Dr. Jones may be found at...
Is NCLB Closing the Minority-Majority Achievement Gap?
RESEARCH-BASED PRACTICEIn January of 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) . NCLB, which passed through Congress with overwhelming support from both Republican and Democratic members, was predicated...
Off Task
What Do You School Psychologists Do?Some of us get asked this question and my answer is, "just about everything in my entire professional repertoire."Evening 1: 1 speak at a parent information night on suicide prevention. I stand up and describe the...
Parental Use of Meth and Its Effect on Children in My Community
RESEARCH-BASED PRACTICEAn 18-year-old whose father has been a drug addict the teenager's entire life explained, "School was my home before I started doing drugs. Then I didn't have a home anymore once I did." The student started using drugs at age 11.This...
Play: Key to Learning
Play is a natural and universal act for children. It is an inherent part of children's lives that allows for fun and relaxation while serving to support development and learning. Children's fantasy or symbolic play, for example, often serves to help...
Rethinking Social Justice
As school psychologists, one of our most important responsibilities is to advocate for children. Part of this advocacy is to be sure that we do not "engage in or condone practices that discriminate against children ... based on race, disability, age,...
Social Justice in School Psychology: Moving Forward
The topic of social justice is not new to dialogue and research within disciplines that serve children, such as education (Shoho, Merhcant & Lugg, 2007) and psychology (Fouad, Gerstein, & Toporek, 2006). The commitment to social justice within...
Summer Reading
Summer is traditionally a time when school psychologists catch up on all the reading they wanted to do but didn't have time for during the school year. In recognition of this, COMMUNIQUÉ is publishing reviews of the following books and tests in a special...
Tech Corner
Are We Too Connected?As the school year closes, it has caused me to look back on technology over the year. What I am most struck by is a philosophical query. Are we becoming too connected? This year saw headlines of viruses "that will shut down the Internet...
The Future of School Psychology: I Dreamed a Dream
"For yerterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision; but today well-lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope." -ANCIENT SANSKRIT POEMDecisions we make today help to determine who and what we will be...
What Does Their Saliva Say? Salivary Cortisol Levels in Children Exposed to Severe Stressors
Stress is an unavoidable aspect of the human experience. When the brain interprets a situation as stressful, it triggers the release of a hormone called cortisol that acts as a catalyst of the body's "fight or flight" response system. In small amounts...