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Ormiston, Heather E.; Guttman-Lapin, Danielle; Shriberg, David – Communique, 2021
This article is part of a year-long series facilitated by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Social Justice Committee (SJC) highlighting the impact of health disparities on youth through a social justice lens for school psychologists. Historical and systemic racism and instructional inequities contribute to mental health…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Mental Health, School Psychologists, School Psychology
Carlson, Tiffany; Crepeau-Hobson, Franci – Communique, 2021
When the coronavirus pandemic was declared a public health crisis in March 2020, school psychologists were forced into situations where face-to-face interaction with their students was discouraged and in some cases, prohibited. Consequently, the traditional practice of school psychology abruptly ended. Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and…
Descriptors: Cognitive Tests, Ethics, Decision Making, Models
Erbacher, Terri A.; Wycoff, Kirby L. – Communique, 2021
Today we are living in an era of two pandemics--the COVID-19 global health pandemic and the racial inequity pandemic--and at the same time, anxiety over school shootings is increasing. When assessing school-based threats of violence, equitable procedures and protocols are needed to guide decision-making and ensure that high-level interventions are…
Descriptors: Pandemics, COVID-19, School Violence, School Safety
Erickson, Cheryl; Maricle, Denise E. – Communique, 2021
Cerebral palsy (CP) is an umbrella term for a neurodevelopmental disorder with a wide variety of motor impairment or motor control problems (Bourke-Taylor et al., 2018). CP is classified by body regions affected (hemi-, dis-, and quad-) and by the type of movement impairment (spastic, dyskinetic, and ataxic). Many cases can be classified as mixed…
Descriptors: Cerebral Palsy, Severity (of Disability), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), School Psychologists
Bender, Stacy L.; Daniels, Brian; Ryan, Kristen – Communique, 2021
In a collaborative partnership between a public school district in the northeast United States and university faculty, social-emotional/behavioral (SEB) screening was implemented across the district at three elementary schools serving students in kindergarten through second grade. Although both parents and teachers served as informants in SEB…
Descriptors: Social Emotional Learning, Screening Tests, Partnerships in Education, School Districts
Hickey, Brendan – Communique, 2021
The coronavirus is a pandemic, meaning that it affects the whole world, and as such it has made everyone into disaster responders. Pandemics typically last 12-18 months (Crimando, 2020a), so SARS CoV-1, and the disease that it causes, COVID-19, will probably continue to affect society in general and education in particular well into 2021. The…
Descriptors: School Psychology, School Psychologists, COVID-19, Pandemics
Schmidt, Thomas P. – Communique, 2021
Pediatric sleep deficits represent a prevalent, albeit remediable, problem for school-age individuals (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017). Estimates of pediatric sleep deficits are variable, however the proportion of individuals exhibiting and reporting these deficits have shown an upward trajectory over the past 20 years, ranging…
Descriptors: Sleep, Health Behavior, School Psychologists, Incidence
Zirkel, Perry A. – Communique, 2021
School psychologists often play a significant role in implementation of the requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) specific to independent educational evaluations (IEEs). The school psychology and special education literature addresses professional norms for IEEs (e.g., Schrank et al., 2006), but its coverage of…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Federal Legislation
Sevon, Mawule A.; Levi-Nielsen, Shana; Tobin, Renée M. – Communique, 2021
With the field's growing emphasis on social justice, school psychologists are increasingly aware of racism in schools and its impact on students. Through their practice and research, a community of school psychologists have raised awareness of inequities in education, leading many of them to regularly consider and work to reduce bias in their…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Racial Discrimination, Discipline Policy, Program Effectiveness
Shatila, Amy L.; Kneedler, Stephanie J.; Chen, Francis Yong – Communique, 2021
Supporting students who are trans and nonbinary is essential work. Students in this population are at high risk for mental health and academic problems. Until trans and nonbinary students can express their individuality on their terms, school psychologists must continue to advocate for their rights and seek to support school staff in providing a…
Descriptors: LGBTQ People, Sexual Identity, Student Needs, At Risk Students
Dockweiler, Katie A. – Communique, 2021
Five years ago, the Nevada Association of School Psychologists (NVASP) began to systematically identify issues across the state and local landscape that were negatively impacting the profession. By identifying one problem, they ended up identifying several critical issues as many of them influence and exacerbate each other. For example, in the…
Descriptors: School Psychologists, Work Environment, School Psychology, Salaries
Robinson-Zañartu, Carol; Dauphinais, Paul; Charley, Elvina; Melroe, Olivia; Baas, Sally A.; Neztsosie, Nora; Wamnuga-Win, Kiva; Churchill, Erin – Communique, 2021
Supporting Indigenous youth, their parents, and communities continues to challenge school districts and the school psychologists who serve them. In this article, the authors suggest that understanding Indigenous sovereignty and identity will contribute to enhancing that interface, and to advocating on behalf of those students and their…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, At Risk Students, Student Needs, Family Needs
Zirkel, Perry A. – Communique, 2021
After dropping steadily from 2000-2001 to 2013-2014, the percentage of students identified under the IDEA classification of specific learning disabilities (SLD) levelled off and increased slightly until the latest data available (2017-2018; NCES, 2019). Despite the recognition in the IDEA amendments of 2004 of response to intervention (RTI) as…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Students with Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Eligibility
Peterson, Lisa S.; Pham, Sofia; Solé, Marisa – Communique, 2021
According to recent findings from the National Center for Education Statistics (2020), there are more than 5 million English learners (ELs) in the public school system, thus accounting for over 10% of all students in the country. This number varies from 14.7% in cities to 4.1% in rural areas. Overall, the prevalence of ELs across grades K-12…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Electronic Learning, Distance Education, English (Second Language)
Parris, Leandra; Talapatra, Devadrita; Murray, Kate – Communique, 2021
This fifth article of the Social Justice Committee's series on health disparities expands on previous articles (i.e., Tan et al., 2020; Ormiston et al., 2021) to discuss applications of advocacy by school psychologists to improve health parity for youth. As previously outlined in Proctor et al. (2020), health disparities are restricted…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Disabilities, Access to Health Care
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