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Psychological Services 

Psychological services assist in the identification of students with possible disabilities, support for students with behavioral difficulties and strategy support for students with academic problems, which may or may not be caused by an identified disability. Parents are not charged for psychological counseling services that students required if the services is a necessary related service in the child's Individual Education Program (IEP). 

School psychologists evaluate individual student functioning in cognitive, academic, social, and emotional areas to assist with student success. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students.

School psychologists collect and analyze data and make recommendations to address academic, behavioral and social/emotional concerns of students. They assist in providing intervention and support to at-risk students, including but not limited to emotional, social and coping skills. By serving as a member of district wide and building level teams, school psychologists assist in promoting a positive and respectful school environment.

Referrals for school psychological services can be generated through teachers, parents or principals. 

·        When a referral is made, the Special Education Office sends the Permission to Evaluate Form to parents. 

·        A school district has 60 calendar days (excluding summer), from the date the signed Permission to Evaluate is received in the Special Education Office. 

·        Parents are provided a Family History Questionnaire to complete.

·        Input from teachers and other appropriate school staff is gathered.

·        The school psychologist prepares an Evaluation Report and results of the evaluation are presented to parents and school staff at a Multidisciplinary Team Meeting.

·        The Multidisciplinary Team makes recommendations as to whether a child meets the criteria of a student with a disability and is in need of specially designed instruction as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, or IDEA.