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Hagler, Hannah N.; Maricle, Denise E. – Communique, 2022
Many school psychologists will work with a student with a medical condition in their careers, and information on the student's condition is crucial to understanding their individual needs. One type of medical condition that a school psychologist may encounter is childhood-onset autoimmune disease, such as pediatric systemic lupus erythematosus…
Descriptors: Diseases, School Psychologists, Student Needs, Counselor Role
McGinnis, Anne M. – Communique, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated the identification and delivery of special education services for students across the United States. Many students, regardless of previous disability status, are demonstrating increased academic, social-emotional, and medical needs in school in response to instructional disruptions and other impacts of the…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Federal Legislation, Students with Disabilities
Hollins-Sims, Nikole Y.; Codding, Robin S.; VanDerHeyden, Amanda M. – Communique, 2022
The terms equity, inclusion, diversity, and belonging, often present an assumption that the dialogue will center around school climate, culture, and psychological safety. While these are critical components of equitable practices, the educational process of providing sound academic instruction and assessment cannot be lost in the conversation.…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, School Psychologists, School Psychology, Evidence Based Practice
Szczesniak, Lisa A.; Lovett, Benjamin J. – Communique, 2022
Students feeling anxiety about tests is a perennial problem, but the topic is rarely covered formally in either school psychologists' training or in journals in the field. Admittedly, test anxiety is not a recognized psychiatric disorder, and it is generally insufficient on its own to lead to special education or a disability accommodation plan.…
Descriptors: Test Anxiety, COVID-19, Pandemics, Mental Health
Pryor, Sarah M.; Peña, Jessica N.; Stone, Kelly C.; Potter, Nancy J.; Hulac, David M. – Communique, 2022
As schools began to close in March of 2020, there was a quick transition to online and virtual options to keep students engaged in learning and to protect students from COVID-19. With schools suspending in-person classes, many children stopped engaging in academic instructional activities due to lack of technological resources, school programming,…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, Virtual Classrooms
Zirkel, Perry A. – Communique, 2022
For this 22nd article in the series reviewing recent court decisions concerning appropriate school psychology practice from both professional and legal perspectives, the topic is child find and eligibility under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), including as a secondary matter the intersecting requirement for a comprehensive…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Students with Disabilities, Federal Legislation
Davis, Amanda L.; Worley, Tiffany N. – Communique, 2022
Safe, stable, nurturing relationships between students and school personnel are essential for students' psychosocial development. All students should have access to these relationships, regardless of their background, race, gender, or disability status. Over the past several years, young people have experienced an extraordinary amount of social…
Descriptors: School Psychology, Counselor Role, Social Isolation, COVID-19
Larez, Natalie A.; Yohannan, Justina; Crossing, Adrianna; Diaz, Yahaira – Communique, 2022
The concept of intergenerational trauma acknowledges the potential of exposure to adverse events to carry on from trauma survivors to their offspring through biological, psychological, and social pathways. In this article, the authors offer an overview of intergenerational trauma and posttraumatic growth. They offer recommendations for schools…
Descriptors: Trauma, Parent Influence, Heredity, Social Influences
Gallegos, Lorena; Maricle, Denise E. – Communique, 2022
Lead is a naturally occurring element that is extremely toxic to human beings. When children inadvertently ingest lead, their bodies confuse it with calcium, iron, and other nutritional essential metals, causing toxicity. School psychologists more than ever are in perfect positions, with the proper training, to possibly identify children who are…
Descriptors: Poisoning, School Psychologists, At Risk Students, Child Health
Zirkel, Perry A. – Communique, 2022
Extended school year (ESY) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has become a more frequent issue as a result of the learning loss and increased needs of some special education students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. School psychologists often play a significant role in implementation of the IDEA requirements specific to ESY.…
Descriptors: Extended School Year, Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Federal Legislation
Biddanda, Haley C. – Communique, 2022
Race-based traumatic stress, also called racial trauma, refers to "mental and emotional injury caused by encounters with racial bias and ethnic discrimination, racism, and hate crimes" (Mental Health America, n.d.). While much research on racism-based stress in schools focuses on teachers, school psychologists can just as easily cause…
Descriptors: Racial Discrimination, Anxiety, African American Students, Testing Programs
Comizio, Rebecca – Communique, 2022
The Red Clay Consolidated School District is the largest public school district in the state of Delaware and serves more than 16,000 students in 15 elementary schools, six middle schools, five high schools, and two special education programs. The student population is 41% White, 29% Hispanic, 22% Black, 5% Asian, and 3% two or more races. Red Clay…
Descriptors: School Districts, Public Schools, School Demography, Racial Composition
Weber, Meredith; Freeman, Mackenzie; Yohannan, Justina; Diaz, Yahaira; Miodus, Stephanie; Allen, Aigner – Communique, 2022
Within classrooms and school settings, school psychologists are positioned to make significant impact through providing education and advocacy around the practices that support equity-centered, trauma-informed care. This article explores how school psychologists and other school-based professionals can advocate for youth who have been exposed to…
Descriptors: Trauma, School Psychologists, Intervention, Advocacy
Paulman, Briana E.; Johnson, Wendi L.; Roberts, Heather; Shierk, Angela – Communique, 2022
This article demonstrates the importance of school psychologists' understanding of which type of cognitive or developmental measure is most appropriate when working with young children with cerebral palsy (CP). Cognitive profiles vary greatly within this population and motor impairments also need to be taken into consideration. School…
Descriptors: School Psychologists, Cerebral Palsy, Student Characteristics, Student Needs
Zirkel, Perry A. – Communique, 2022
This article highlights the trends in state laws and judicial rulings specific to identification of and interventions for students with dyslexia.
Descriptors: Dyslexia, State Legislation, Equal Education, Educational Legislation
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