National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 2, October

A Documentary on Gender and Sexuality
A Documentary on Gender and SexualityREVIEWED BY AMANDA REISSCHMIDTSTRAIGHTLACED: HOW GENDER'S GOT US ALL TIED UPFilm byDebra Chasnoff2009, Groundspark ProductionsStraightlaced: How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up, a Debra Chasnoff documentary (2009), explores...
Advocating for the Emotional Well-Being of Our Nation's Youth
When you talk to someone from Philadelphia, you quickly get a picture of intense civic pride. Although the city has played a significant role in the history of our country, other eastern seaboard cities seem to get more attention. That does not deter...
Advocating for the Emotional Well-Being of Our Nation's Youth: Be the Canary in the Coal Mine
Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of a true education.- Martin Luther KingAs a member of the NASP National Emergency Assistance Team, I was called upon a fewyears ago to do several media interviews following three school shootings within...
A Model of Effective Assessment in Residential Academic Programs
Within each state there is a patchwork of residential educational programs that are affiliated with youth shelters, detention centers, hospitals, mental health facilities, and other settings. In Iowa, the local school district, an area education agency...
Assessment and Intervention for Students Who Self-Injure
RESEARCH-BASED PRACTICEWhen students reach adolescence, they have often been known to devise destructive outlets for their self-expression (e.g., suggestive dress, tattoos, piercing, and sexual risk-taking). Recently growing in popularity, to almost...
Assessment of Students with Traumatic Brain Injury
The incidence of brain injuries, as well as their impact on individuals who sustain them, has received growing attention from American media in recent years. This attention is likely the result of high profile individuals suffering brain injuries, such...
Communication of Leadership Role for School Psychologists in RTI Procedures through Collaboration with Curriculum Specialists
School psychologists have increasing opportunities to become leaders in their schools as they work with administrators and teachers to assist in the process of incorporating response to intervention (RTI) tenets into school procedures. The best way of...
Editor's Note
I trust everyone has had a good start to the school year. Communiqué is here to keep you up to date with the professional news and information you need to stay on top of your game.This month, we introduce 'Writing in Style," a column by Vicki Comerchero...
Essential Ethics for Early Career School Psychologists
Editor's Note: These handouts are fully formatted for distribution and available for downloading on the NASP website. Click on Communiqué Online.Legal, ethical, and professional practice is a foundational pillar of school psychology service delivery...
Frequently Asked Questions about Federal Loan Forgiveness Programs
As we begin a new school year and recent graduates are facing their first year of employment and the daunting reality of having to begin paying back student loans, questions about the eligibility of school psychologists for loan forgiveness often start...
Idea in Practice
ED Proceeds With Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) WaiversFollowing Congressional failure to complete work on the reauthorization of ESEA, also known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the Obama Administration recently directed the U.S....
Identifying Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Review of Selected Screening Tools
RESEARCH-BASED PRACTICEThere has been a dramatic worldwide increase in reported cases of autism over the past decade (Wing & Potter, 2009). Autism is much more prevalent than previously thought, especially when viewed as a spectrum of disorders (autism...
Just a Click Away
The principal has just asked you to see a sophomore who has been talking back to her teachers and failing asleep in class. The student previously had been getting good grades and was not a behavior problem in class. The sudden change of behavior is one...
Making Connections: School Psychology Week 2011
Each November, students, faculty, and practitioners connect during School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) to promote school psychology and NASP's goal to help students achieve their best in school, at home, and in life. This year, SPAW 2011 will take...
Philadelphia's Historic Attractions
Welcome to the city of Brotherly Love! Philadelphia is a historical city and it is impossible not to have fun and learn a thing or two on your visit. In the September issue, popular attractions were introduced. Here, you will get a review of the common...
Prevention Is an Intervention
Prevention is an intervention: I used this phrase as my NASP presidential convention theme in 2006. It applies to your technology life, not just your school psychology practice.Prevention involves two parts: hardware and software. Computers and other...
Research-Based RTI Implementation
Research-Based RTI ImplementationTHE PROMISE OF RESPONSE INTERVENTION: EVALUATING CURRENT SCIENCE AND PRACTICEEdited by T. A. Glover & S. Vaughn2010, GuilfordREVIEWED BY AMITY NOLTEMEYERThe selection of books available on the topic of response to...
School Psychology Forum Preview
The Fall 2011 issue of School Psychology Forum contains three articles on the most challenging and frequently encountered problems for school psychologists. First is an investigation of the best approaches to assessing treatment integrity - a major issue...
The Emotional Well-Being of Our Nation's Youth and the Promise of Social-Emotional Learning
RESEARCH-BASED PRACTICEA recent study by the World Health Organization indicates that mental health problems account for nearly half of all disabilities among individuals between the ages of 10 and 24 (Gore et al., 2011). In the United States, about...
Upcoming Issue of School Psychology Review
The third issue of School Psychology Review this year presents six articles addressing academic, social-emotional, and behavioral topics as they relate to schoolbased practice and research. Articles present both practical implications and directions...
Utilizing the PREPaRE Model When Multiple Classrooms Witness a Traumatic Event
Typical of my morning routine, I was answering e-mail when I heard a lot of commotion in the hallway. I heard the words, "Is this a joke? Is this a theatrical stunt?" and then I heard someone scream. As I ran out of the room toward the chaos, I repeatedly...
Which Disability Classifications Are Not Particularly Litigious under the IDEA?
A previous exploratory analysis revealed that students with autism were notably overrepresented in published court decisions concerning the IDEA'S core concepts of "free appropriate public education" (FAPE) and "least restrictive environment" (LRE; Zirkel,...
Writing for APA 6: Style Tips
The purpose of this column is to cover some of the major changes to APA writing style that have been introduced in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition (American Psychological Association, 2009). In this first...
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