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School Psychologists/School Counselors

The school psychologist or school counselor is a valuable support to the classroom teacher throughout the school year. A classroom teacher may request the school psychologist/counselor to visit the classroom to observe the FASD student in the educational setting. The school psychologist/counselor may help determine what is frustrating the student or how to assist with difficulties such as transitions. She may advise teachers on classroom management, make suggestions for new behavioral techniques, or assist with learning problems.

The school psychologist and school counselor are able to provide counseling for the student. These professionals can help students cope with stress they experience. They can teach social skills, perhaps they will run a “Social Skills” group at school or a “Special Friends” group. This supportive professional is a very important liaison for the FASD student who can be emotionally sensitive. The school psychologist or the school counselor is best qualified to pro- vide crisis intervention if a crisis arises.

The school psychologist or school counselor is a member of the SST and IEP Team. The school psychologist assesses the student’s IQ and academic ability. Their testing also indicates the student’s learning style, strengths, and weaknesses. The social and emotional development of the student can also be assessed. These tests can assist in a diagnosis. As a member of the IEP team, the psychologist will assist with planning educational and behavioral goals.