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School Psychologist

What is a School Psychologist?

What exactly does a school psychologist do? I’m sure this is a question many people have, since the role of a school psychologist can be rather very different in each school. School psychologists can fill a number roles; however, they are traditionally viewed as the person who “tests” kids for special education. However, this is only a portion of what a school psychologist can actually do to help teachers, administrators, students, and parents!


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.


Working with Families to...

  • Identify and address learning and behavior problems that interfere with school success
  • Evaluate eligibility for special education services (within a multidisciplinary team)
  • Increase achievement by assessing barriers to learning and determining the best strategies to improve learning
  • Provide counseling, instruction, and mentoring for those struggling with social, emotional, and behavioral problems
  • Promote wellness and resilience by reinforcing communication and social skills, problem-solving, anger management, self-regulation, self-determination, and conflict resolution

Working with Teachers to...

  • Identify and resolve academic barriers to learning
  • Design and implement student progress monitoring systems
  • Support effective individualized instruction
  • Design and implement academic and behavioral interventions
  • Create positive classroom environments
  • Motivate all students to engage in learning

Working with Administrators to...

  • Collect and analyze data related to accountability and school-wide improvements.
  • Promote best practices that ensure safety of all students and respond to crises by providing leadership and coordination with community services
  • Assist in the design school-wide mental health programs

Why do students need School Psychologists? 

From time to time, all youth can face problems related to learning, relationships, decision-making, or managing emotions. School psychologists help students, families, educators, and others understand and resolve issues students may face. They are a skilled and ready resource in the effort to ensure that all children and youth thrive in school, at home, and in life.

Robin Sharp, Ed.S.
School Psychologist
For special education records, contact the Tonganoxie/Basehor-Linwood Special Education Cooperative at (913)724-2348