National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 8, 2015

Adapting Positive Psychology Interventions for Use with Elementary School Children
There is mounting evidence that mental health involves more than the simple absence of mental health problems like anxiety, depression, and disruptive behavior disorders. Complete mental health is defined by the presence of subjective well-being, in...
"Appropriate" School Psychology Practice? You Be the Judge III
As the third iteration of the review of recent court decisions concerning appropriate school psychology practice from both professional and legal perspectives, consider the summary of the Maine case below with regard to the issue of eligibility under...
Assistive Technology Advances in Education
Recent advances in technology and communications have opened new doors, making education and learning more accessible to students with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has provided funding to...
Balancing Treatment Integrity and Client Responsiveness: Adapting a Mindfulness Curriculum
Schools often need to implement evidence-based interventions (EBIs) in contexts and with client populations that differ from those present during intervention development and validation. Due to the differences in intervention conditions, schools inevitably...
Behavior Management Program
Behavior Management Program DEFIANT TEENS: A Clinician's Manual for Assessment and Family Intervention (2nd ed.) By R. A. Barkley & A. L. Robin 2014, Guilford PressREVIEW BY DANIEL F. MCCLEARYDrs. Russell Barkley and Arthur Robin have updated their...
Between Treatment Integrity and a Hard Place
Many of us have had the experience of trying to be faithful to delivering an evidencebased program or intervention the way its authors had designed it and finding that nearly impossible because it just didn't seem to fit the students we were working...
Bipolar and Related Disorders
Bipolar disorder has been one of the more hotly contested revisions for the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2013). An early-onset (prior to age 18) of the disorder has occupied...
Call for Book Reviewers
Summer break is a good time to relax with a good book. This call for reviewers includes books that address a variety of interventions that school psychologists must employ on a day-to-day basis and that will appeal to both practitioners and trainers.Please...
Computer-Adaptive Assessments: Fundamentals and Considerations
As part of the Race to the Top initiative, the United States Department of Education made nearly 1 billion dollars available in State Educational Technology grants with the goal of ramping up school technology. A subsequent result of this effort is that...
Everything Old Is New Again in Testing
Like the tides, there is an ebb and flow to the field of assessment, particularly with instruments that school psychologists use on a regular basis. The assessment ebb lasts about 8 to 10 years, when instruments stay relatively static and unchanged....
Final Message: Children and Media
This is going to be my last article in the Practical Tech column. I am very sad to let this column go, but I'm off to serve NASP in a different capacity and am looking forward to my new role! I want to use my last paragraphs in Practical Tech to write...
For Students Who Are Bullied
For Students Who Are Bullied THE BULLYING WORKBOOK FOR TEENS: Activities to Help You Deal With Social Aggression and Cyberbullying By r. c. Lohmann & J. V. Taylor 2013, New Harbinger PublicationsREVIEW BY SARA DOUGLASBullying and cyberbullying are...
Paul H. Henkin Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Bronwyn Lehman
NASP is fortunate to have been included in Dr. Paul H. Henkin's estate plan, thus establishing a scholarship program to recognize excellence in applied research or program design for newly credentialed school psychologists. Because of his generosity,...
Preparing a Successful NASP Convention Presentation Proposal
All proposals considered for NASP convention presentations undergo a masked review process. Each year, some proposals that appear to have merit are not accepted for presentation because these proposals either violated a submission rule or did not provide...
Social Skills Training
Social Skills Training THE SOCIAL COMPASS CURRICULUM: A story Based Intervention Package for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders By L. Boyd, C. McReynolds, & k. Chanin 2013, Paul h. Brooks PublishingREVIEW BY DANA T. ZAVATKAYThe Social Compass...
Supporting LGBTQ Youth: A Graduate Student's Practicum Project
In the last fewyears, there has been rapid social and political change regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues in the United States. This is evidenced by the recent passage of federal and state laws, and new guidance governing...
Systemic Dropout Prevention
Systemic Dropout Prevention DROPOUT PREVENTION By c. l. Gross & K. J. Andren 2014, Guilford PressREVIEW BY JULIA RUSHFORDDropout Prevention begins with a staggering statistic: "Approximately 37% of African American students, 35% of Native American...
Testing Accommodations
Testing Accommodations TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Research-Based Practice By B. J. Lovett & L. J. Lewandowski 2015, American Psychological AssociationREVIEWED BY LAURA SPENCELEYDrs. Benjamin Lovett and Lawrence Lewandowski's...
The Importance of Sleep for School Success: Information for Parents
THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEPSleep disturbances can have a negative impact on children in a range of areas:* Difficulties with learning and memory* Difficulty concentrating* Lower grades or academic struggles* Increased irritability at home and at school*...
Think Ahead: School Psychology Awareness Week 2015
We all have potential for greatness, and we all have the promise of possibility. However, sometimes we are just blinded to the possibilities. In those times, we need to know how to connect the dots. This year's School Psychology Awareness theme, Connect...
Tips for Writing Attention Grabbing Session Descriptions
The primary goal in giving a presentation at the NASP convention is to share a particular aspect of your knowledge with fellow school psychologists. This requires that people show up at the presentation. There are typically more than 1,000 presentations...
Update on Activities
The school year may be winding down, but NASP's advocacy activities are speeding up. There has been a lot of action on Capitol Hill around the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA/NCLB). As of press time, the House of Representatives...
Wanted: Skill-Building, Practitioner-Oriented Presentations
N ASP's goal at the annual convention is to provide the highest quality, most relevant sessions on a diverse range of topics. This includes presentations on the latest research as well as evidence-based programs and interventions. We are making a concerted...
Where Are the School Psychologists?
When I am not busy serving as NASP president, I am a professor at Sacramento State University. And in that capacity I have recently found myself, with increasing frequency, in receipt of e-mails from desperate administrators trying to employ school psychologists....
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