National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 4, December

American Association of Suicidology Creates School Suicide Accreditation Program
Have you ever had these thoughts or been faced with these situations while working as a school psychologist?* Trying to determine what is the best and/or evidence-based practice for suicide prevention* Realized that your school system does not have a...
Become an NCSP Portfolio Reviewer
What are the professional activities in which you engage regularly that keep you current with best practices, permit you to gain CEUs, and give you the opportunity to collaborate with other school psychologists nationwide while becoming involved with...
Best Practices in Interventions for Students with Reading Problems
FEATURED CHAPTER THIS MONTH: CHAPTER 72CHAPTER ABSTRACTMany individuals have difficulty acquiring literacy skills due to an inappropriate and insufficient amount of instruction. The critical components of reading include phoneme awareness, letter-sound...
Communicating with Latino Parents and Families
This handout is one in a series of handouts developed by the NASP Multicultural Affairs Committee for school psychologists and other educators working with culturally diverse student populations and their families. The goal is to provide basic back-...
Convention Book Conversation with Donald Meichenbaum
There's a great reason to wake up early at the NASP Convention in Boston! Come to participate in the Annual Book Conversation Special Event with keynote speaker, Don Meichenbaum, PhD, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on February 25, 2008. Dr. Meichenbaum is one...
Convention News 2009
BOSTON, FEBRUARY 24-28Mentoring Program at the Convention: Why Should You Participate?"Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction."The Student Mentoring Program is returning for a 5th year at the NASP convention...
Editor's Note
I attended a workshop recently and noticed a woman seated in the back, obviously not enthralled with the speaker, surreptitiously reading a newspaper during the presentation. Images of a hundred faculty meetings instantly flashed through my brain! I...
Featured Articles FROM THE NASP EBSCO ONLINE LIBRARY
FROM THE NASP EBSCO ONLINE LIBRARYThe NASP EBSCO Online Library is a great source of information for practicing school psychologists, students, and others. The articles below-each available in full text in the Library- supplement the insert on stress...
Flynn Effect Explained
Flynn Effect Explained WHAT IS INTELLIGENCE? By J. R. Flynn 2007, Cambridge University PressREVIEW BY MARGARET L. POTTERMost school psychologists are aware of the "Flynn effect." It represents the fact that average IQ scores increase by approximately...
Helping Children Cope in Unsettling Times: The Economic Crisis Tips for Parents and Teachers
Current world events, including the "economic crisis," can be unsettling for young people. The sense of confusion and uncertainty experienced by many adults regarding our country's financial situation can be transmitted to children. As a result, children...
Idea in Practice
No Child Left Behind: Final Title I Regulations ReleasedOn October 28th, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced final regulations to strengthen NCLB, including requirements that states implement uniform disaggregated graduation rates....
Letter to the Editor
Military FamiliesI was so pleased to see the recent Communiqué articles on military children. Military children are a large, often overlooked group. I often refer to my life as "growing up Army" with pride. There is a sense of camaraderie among military...
Mental Health Promotion: The School Psychologist's Responsibility
"...mental health is inexorably linked with general health, child care, and success in the classroom and inversely related to involvement in the juvenile justice system." (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1999)Mental health needs in the...
Mood Disorders in Young Children
Mood Disorders in Young Children CHILDREN AND BABIES WITH MOOD SWINGS: New Insights for Parents and Professionals By Stanley I. Greenspan & Ira Glovinsky with Cindy Glovinsky Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders, 2007REVIEW...
Motivating Students: School Psychologists as Motivational Change Agents
Motivating the academically unmotivated has been called a "critical issue for the 21st century" (Hidi & Harackiewicz, 2000), and some people believe that "a thorough understanding of student motivation ... is essential towards transforming schools"...
NASP Announces Editor Searches
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Publications Board is conducting a search for two editor positions: (a) Editor of School Psychology Review and (b) Editor of School Psychology Forum. School Psychology Review is the official journal...
NASP Ballot Set for January Elections
The NASP nominations have been completed and about 1,000 members took the time to nominate their favorite candidate for the President-Elect and the 18 state delegate positions that are being contested. This year the participation rate was much higher...
Neuromuscular Disorders: A Primer for School Psychologists
Pediatric School PsychologyImproved medical care and legislative mandates have increased the degree to which students with neuromuscular disorders (NMD) are educated in general education environments. However, many practitioners remain largely unaware...
Off Task
When We Last Left Our Heroine ...... I was a 1970s high school senior, out of class but busy and about to enter the mimeograph room to run off an edition of the school newspaper. (I had continued to be active in extracurricular activities despite a traumatic...
Pathway of Contagion: The Identification of a Youth Suicide Cluster
As a school psychologist and crisis management specialist for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, a member of the NASP National Emergency Assistance Team, and an independent consultant, I have provided postvention services following the suicides of over...
Putting a Face on the Issues
Thinking about advocacy? Now is a perfect time to start! Have you always thought about becoming more involved with public policy and advocacy but things have gotten in the way? NASP is here to enthusiastically assist you in the easy steps to making an...
School Psychologists Supporting General Educators
In the October issue of COMMUNIQUÉ, George Bear (2008) parodied the expansion and ambiguity of the role of contemporary school psychologists. He argued that in addition to being mental health specialists, the new title and role of instructional experts-without...
Securing PREPaRE Training in Your District
The PREPaRE Crisis Prevention and Intervention Curriculum is the first comprehensive curriculum developed and offered by NASP. PREPaRE's purpose is to build the capacity of schools at the local level to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from...
Social Justice Action Strategies for School Psychologists: Three Perspectives
As members of NASP' s new Social Justice Interest Group, we have grappled with ways to further a social justice perspective within school psychology. One challenge is definitional. While there are many different conceptualizations of social justice (North,...
Tech Corner
Holiday Shopping: 'Tech Toys"With doubts about the economy, tech toy shopping could be either a feast or famine. First, the famine: Due to lower price margins there may be few good deals or low stock. Now the feast: Large-ticket item sales are reported...
The 1968 National Invitational Conference of School Psychologists: Is This the 41st Anniversary of NASP?
With attention focused on NASP's 40th Anni- versary and the coming Boston convention celebrations, some mention should be made of the organizational meeting that preceded NASP and laid the groundwork for its founding and first convention. Little has...
The Impact of Zero Tolerance School Discipline Policies: Issues of Exclusionary Discipline
In 1977, a Safe School Study conducted by the U.S. Congress raised awareness of school violence and caused a wave of actions still in effect today. In their examination of American schools, they found that 282,000 students reported incidences of assault...
Using the Internet to Reach Parents: A 'How-To' Training
It is an ongoing and universal struggle for school psychologists to reach parents. Parents are busy, often multitasking the responsibilities of careers, families, and children. Increasingly, schools are relying upon the Internet to help with effective...
Using the Internet to Reach Parents: Training Handout
When conducting training on how to create a professional webpage, it will be important to present both general information on webpage development and procedures for utilizing district-specific technology.First Steps in Creating a Professional Webpage*...