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Spencer Pointe
Elementary School
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Mrs. Lyen
Psychologist - Spencer Pointe & Spencer Crossing
alyen@nlsd122.org

WHAT DO SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS DO?

School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students; consult with teachers,
families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school
social workers) to improve support strategies; work with school administrators to improve school-wide
practices and policies; and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services.

School psychologists help schools successfully:

Improve Academic Achievement
• Promote student motivation and engagement
• Conduct psychological and academic assessments
• Individualize instruction and interventions
• Manage student and classroom behavior
• Monitor student progress
• Collect and interpret student and classroom data
• Reduce inappropriate referrals to special education.

Promote Positive Behavior and Mental Health
• Improve students communication and social skills
• Assess student emotional and behavioral needs
• Provide individual and group counseling
• Promote problem solving, anger management, and conflict
resolution
• Reinforce positive coping skills and resilience
• Promote positive peer relationships and social problem
solving
• Make referrals to and coordinate services with community based
providers

Support Diverse Learners
• Assess diverse learning needs
• Provide culturally responsive services to students and
families from diverse backgrounds
• Plan appropriate Individualized Education Programs for
students with disabilities
• Modify and adapt curricula and instruction
• Adjust classroom facilities and routines to improve student
engagement and learning
• Monitor and effectively communicate with parents about
student progress

Create Safe, Positive School Climates
• Prevent bullying and other forms of violence
• Support social–emotional learning
• Assess school climate and improve school connectedness
• Implement and promote positive discipline and restorative
justice
• Implement school-wide positive behavioral supports
• Identify at-risk students and school vulnerabilities
• Provide crisis prevention and intervention services

Strengthen Family–School Partnerships
• Help families understand their children’s learning and
mental health needs
• Assist in navigating special education processes
• Connect families with community service providers when
necessary
• Help effectively engage families with teachers and other
school staff
• Enhance staff understanding of and responsiveness to
diverse cultures and backgrounds
• Help students transition between school and community
learning environments, such as residential treatment or
juvenile justice programs

Improve School-Wide Assessment and Accountability
• Monitor individual student progress in academics and
behavior
• Generate and interpret useful student and school outcome
data
• Collect and analyze data on risk and protective factors
related to student outcomes
• Plan services at the district, building, classroom, and
individual levels