National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 5, January/February

Aikido, Mindfulness, and Counseling
WHO WE AREEight years ago, I wrote of the connection I saw between Aikido and consultation (Seifert, 2003). I compared the physical blending on the mat to blending verbally with others in consultation. The Aikido philosophy for handling conflict is not...
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An Alternative to Self-Esteem: Fostering Self-Compassion in Youth
Research-Based PracticeFor more than a generation, the idea that children need nurturance of a high self-esteemin order tobe developmentally healthy has had wide acceptance in Western psychology (Neff, 2009a; Neff & Pittman, 2010). A generation of...
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A New Kind of Currency: Informational Text Literacy in Elementary School
RESEARCH-BASED PRACTICE"Literacy is the most basic currency of the knowledge economy we're living in today," said President Barack Obama in a speech to the American Library Association (2005). President Obama, educational professionals, and parents around...
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Awareness, Communication, Relationships, and Timely Response: Values for Successful Advocacy
Marian Wright Edelman, the founder of the Children's Defense Fund, noted that "the greatest threat to America's national security comes from no enemy without but from our failure to protect, invest in, and educate all our children who make up all our...
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Building Family-School Partnerships
Building Family-School Partnerships THE POWER OF FAMIIY-SCHOOI PARTNERING: A Practical, Guide for School Mental Health Passionals and Educators By C. Lines, G. E. Miikr, & A. Arthur-Stanley 2011, Taylor and FrancisREVIEWED BY SUSAN JARMUZSMITHThe...
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Editor's Note
I have been a practitioner for more than 30 years, and I am not proud to say that I never really gave student concussions very much thought. If I did think of them, I probably thought they were rare, were taken care of by the school nurse, and were not...
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Essential Tools for Asperger Syndrome
Essential Tools for Asperger Syndrome HIGH-FUNCTIONING AUTISM/ASPERGER SYNDROME IN SCHOOLS: Assessment and Intervention By F. j. Sansosti, & R. J. Cowan 2010, Guildford PressREVIEWED BY GENA P. BARNHILLHigh-Functioning Autism /Asperger Syndrome in...
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Family-School Collaboration Services: Beliefs into Action
RESEARCH-BASED PRACTICEThe recently adopted NASP Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services (NASP, 2010a) consists of 10 domains of practice that describe the competencies of school psychologists to effectively support the positive...
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Idea in Practice
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) WaiversWhile more than 40 states have expressed their intent to apply for the ESEA flexibility waiver, 11 states actually filed applications as of the first deadline in November. Colorado, Florida, Georgia,...
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Improving Educational Outcomes for Children in Foster Care
Recent statistics estimate that there are 783,000 children living in foster care in the United States (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2008). This vulnerable population is at risk for academic failure as well as internalizing and externalizing...
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Just a Click Away
NASP often emphasizes the concept of advocacy for school psychologists. I am going to highlight a few school psychologists who are breaking in as technology advocates for our field in the hopes that others will be inspired to follow their lead.I remember...
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Making the Most of Your NASP Convention Experience: Pencil Us In!
Every year, NASP brings together thousands of school psychologists from across the country at its annual convention. Out of those thousands, graduate students comprise more than 40% of convention attendees. There are a variety of reasons why graduate...
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Navigating the City of Brotherly Love
With Philadelphia being a popular historic destination for people from all over the world, getting around town has to be easy and safe. There are way too many things to do in Philadelphia to even count, but Philadelphia proper (Center City) covers just...
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New Jersey Commits to Addressing Traumatic Brain Injury in Children and Adolescents
ADVOCACYThere are a number of important developments that have occurred in New Jersey recently surrounding brain injury that may serve as an inspiration for school psychologists in other states. In this article, we discuss what is happening in New Jersey...
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Off Task
Bulletin BoardNext to my desk in the office I have things pinned up on my wall. You probably have many of the same. A conversion chart for the normal curve. The phone numbers and schedules of the other psychologists in the district. A school year calendar...
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Professional Development for Graduate Students and School Psychologists Interested in Faculty Careers
A career as faculty is a rewarding and dynamic endeavor that provides ongoing opportunities to contribute to training of future professionals and research in school psychology. Unfortunately, just as there has been a persistent shortage of school psychologists...
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Safe, Supportive Conditions for Learning: Making Connections for Student Success-Key Concepts
prevention and early intervention, actively engage families, and incorporate strengthbased approaches that link social-emotional wellness, and academics. Evidence-based examples include .... ... * * . emotional learning, positive , r , interventions...
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Safe, Supportive Conditions for Learning: Making Connections for Student Success-Selected Research
BARRIERS TO SAFE, SUPPORTIVE CONDITIONS FOR LEARNINGViolent Crime* Students age 12-18 years were victims of 629,800 nonfatal, violent crimes at school in 2008.1* In 2009, 11% of students in grades 9-12 reported they had been in a physical fight on school...
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School Psychology Awareness Week: Making Connections for Student Success
COMMUNICATION MATTERSSchool Psychology Awareness Week, November 14-18, 2011 involved school psychologists from around the country and in Washington, DC helping students, educators, and policy makers make connections that can improve outcomes for students...
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Tech Corner
Teleconferencing - UpdateI am so glad many people read my column - thank you. After my column on teleconferencing, a NASP member wrote that she had been to a workshop on this topic sponsored by the Association for State and Provincial Psychology Boards...
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The Continuing Legacy of Ken Merrell
Last summer, we lost our mentor, colleague, and friend, Dr. Kenneth W. Merrell, after a brave and candid struggle with cancer. The purpose of this article is to try to share a bit about Ken's resilience and contributions to the field.KEN'S IMPACT ON...
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The Ninth Circuit's Recent Ruling: RTI?
Response to intervention (RTI) is a major current issue at the intersection of general and special education, with the school psychologists in their usual central position (e.g., Fanelli 8c Bonarrigo, 2011). The literature is replete with scholarly and...
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