National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 6, March/April

"Child Find" for Students with ADHD: What the Courts Say about the First Issue of the IDEA Identification Process
The process to identify students entitled to special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) consists of two overlapping issues: child find and eligibility determination. In an earlier issue of Communiqué, we focused on...
Communities of Practice: Creating the Bilingual School Mental Health Network in Colorado
A growing strategy in the world of educational reform is the use of communities of practice (CoP) as a tool for promoting sustainable systems change. The term CoP was first coined by Etienne Wegner and Jean Lave while studying the relationship between...
Culturally Sensitive Best Practices for Sex Education Programs
Learning about sexuality is a lifelong process that begins in childhood and continues through the lifespan (NASP, 2003). Through family and peer interactions andmedia sources,youthlearn about sexuality and relationships, and develop their own values....
Development and Reliability of the Comprehensive Crisis Plan Checklist
Development and Reliability of the Comprehensive Crisis Plan ChecklistSummarized by Erin E. Gurdineer, University at Albany, State University of New York and Amanda B. Nickerson, University at Buffalo, State University of New YorkIn this article published...
Editor's Note
I'm happy to say that NASP members have been writing for Communiqué in great numbers lately, and this larger-than-usual issue reflects that. Find yourself a comfortable chair, because there are a lot of articles that you are sure to want to read. I will...
Empower MEade: Courageous Students, Courageous Conversations
"Courageous Students, Courageous Conversations" is the slogan for Meade High School's (MHS) Empower MEade, a school-wide prevention program. MHS is one of Anne Arundel County Public School's (AACPS) most unique high schools. In addition to being the...
Examples from the Field
The Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services, also known as the NASP Practice Model, outlines 10 general domains of school psychological practices. This article is one in a series that highlights various domains within the...
Idea in Practice
A National Update: Special Education Case LawThe National Association of State Directors of Special Education has published a new compendium of litigation, A National Update of Case Law 1998 to the Present Under the IDEA and Section S04/A.D.A. by Lehigh...
Including School Resource Officers in School-Based Crisis Intervention
Including School Resource Officers in School-Based Crisis InterventionSummarized by Robyn Sullivan, Burlington School District, Burlington, VT, and University of Rhode IslandFor students to learn, they must be provided with a safe school environment....
Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Launching a Large-Scale Research Study in Schools
Interdisciplinary collaboration (IC) is a critically important theme generally, and of particular significance in school mental health (SMH), given the range of people from different disciplines who work in schools and the various systems in place (see...
Just a Click Away
The economic crunch that school districts have been feeling the last couple of years is starting to have a ripple effect on school psychologists' ability to meet their required continuing education requirements. While it was great to see so many school...
Letters to the Editor
Homeschool RTIBY PERRY A. ZIRKELSteven Duvall's article, "Assessing Homeschool Students," in the December issue [Communiqué, 2011, Vol. 40(4), 22-23], neglected to mention two legal boundaries that notably limit the scope and significance of his recommendations...
Mental Health Awareness Month and Speak Up for Kids
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. This is a great time to highlight the importance of mental wellness and school-based mental health services to children's positive learning and development.There is heightened urgency to the imperative to...
NASP and George Washington University Partner for the 2012 Annual Public Policy Institute
Once again, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the George Washington University (GW) will cohost an annual public policy institute (PPI) in July 2012. This year's theme is "Creating Safe and Supportive Conditions for Learning:...
Not All Phonological Awareness Tests Are Created Equal: Considering the Practical Validity of Phonological Manipulation versus Segmentation
Based upon extensive evidence, researchers have almost universally accepted that phonological awareness (also called phonological sensitivity) is strongly associated with the development of word-level reading skills (Perfetti, Beck, Bell, & Hughes,...
Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Croatian Children Exposed to Wan A Prospecthe Study
Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Croatian Children Exposed to War: A Prospective StudySummarized by Lance Havens and Richard Lieberman, NCSP, Loyola Marymount UniversityThe purpose of this study was to examine posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in...
Referencing Electronic Books and Online Material
In this column, we cover how to reference electronic books and different types of online and audiovisual media.Some of the changes of interest to potential writers involve the proper citation of digital books as well as books or excerpts/chapters from...
Return to Learning: Going Back to School Following a Concussion
RESEARCH-BASED PRACTICEThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that approximately 1.6 to 3.8 million sports and recreational concussions occur each year (Langlois, Rutland- Brown, & WaId, 2006). Countless more children sustain...
Sally Baas Chosen as NASP President-Elect
NASP ELECTIONSThe 2012 elections are complete and the membership has chosen Sally A. Baas, EdD, as NASP PresidentElect for the 2012-2013 year and President starting July 1, 2013. Sally has had a varied professional career. She has taught high school...
School-Based Mental Health Services and School Psychologists
Mentally healthy children are more successful in school and life. Good mental hea lth is critical to children's success in school and life. Research demonstrates that students who receive social-emotional and mental health support achieve better academically....
Sexual Health Education: Social and Scientific Perspectives and How School Psychologists Can Be Involved
RESEARCH-BASED PRACTICEThe debate over sexual health education is currently making headlines due to the upcoming 2012 election combined with rising rates of adolescents who have sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or unwanted pregnancies. The debate...
Social Skills Program for Teens
Social Skills Program for Teens SOCIAL SKILLS FOR TEENAGERS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS By E. A. Laugeson & F. Frankel 2010, Routledge Taylor & FrancisREVIEWED BY JOEL SHAPIROMost school psychologists are keenly aware of...
Strategies for Implementing Social-Emotional Learning Programs
Strategies for Implementing Social-Emotional Learning Programs SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM: PROMOTING MENTAL HEALTH AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS By K. W. Merrell & B. A. Gueldner 2010, Guilford PressREVIEWED BY JEFFREY DITTERLINESocial...
Visit to Beijing's Golden Cradle
"Having returned from Beijing yesterday, I'm contacting you with an idea that might catch your interest," read an e-mail we received from our faculty advisor, Dr. Caven Mcloughlin in mid-December 2010. What followed in May 2011 was a month-long trip...
What Drives Us? the Power of Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose
We know that the richest experiences in our lives aren't when we are clamoring for validation by others, but when we're listening to our own voice- doing something that matters, doing it well, and doing it in the service of a cause bigger than ourselves.-...
What Software Do School Psychologists Need?
Dan Florell (NASP Webmaster) and I just gave a technology workshop at the NASP Convention in Philadelphia and I also saw a recent article in PC World magazine (March 2012) on essential software. School psychologists have some really basic software needs...
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