Editor's Note: Crunch Time
Volume 45 Issue 7
Many school districts have a spring recess in April, and I have always looked forward to that break just before the big push to finish everything up before the end of the year. That means, for many of us, that the months of May and June are crunch time: wrapping up those evaluations, finishing reports, attending IEP meetings—all while attending to our usual work of counseling students, working with teachers and parents, and generally juggling the hundred and one responsibilities that go with the job of being a school psychologist. We all do what it takes to get it done.
On the other hand, May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and as we step up our game at work, I'm reminded that we are not immune to stress and that we need to take care of ourselves. So, as things ramp up at school, don't neglect your self-care! We all know various methods for handling stress in healthy ways—now's the time to actually practice them. Well, what is it? Reading? Meditation? Socializing? Running? Where I live, spring is a time when we can get out of our houses and spend time outside without freezing to death. My wife and I spend as much time outside as possible; it's a great way to reduce stress. And the official start of the beach season is Memorial Day, so things are looking up!
If you're inclined to relax by reading a terrific publication, keep Communiqué on your reading table. Start by learning about some of your colleagues who were honored at the NASP convention in San Antonio. I always like reading about NASP award winners, mainly because I enjoy seeing people recognized by their peers for their work. Speaking of the convention, please consider offering a session next year in Chicago; the convention section features several articles to tell you how.
We have two articles about dyslexia, which has certainly been an important topic in my area, as well as an article about how to answer parents’ questions following a suicide—a topic that is always relevant. There are also articles about supervision, developing MTSS programs, nontraditional school psychology training experiences, using texting to facilitate the assessment process, a historical look at mental testing at Ellis Island, and an examination of legal cases in child find. Or maybe you just want to read a few book reviews—the choice is yours. There is something for everyone here—students, early career professionals, and veterans. I also hope some of you will take me up on a special opportunity to submit legal questions for Perry Zirkel to answer in future issues of Communiqué (see page 17).
Whether you want to relax or get excited about something new in your field, I know you will find something of interest here. And, as my mother used say, go outside and play!
—John E. Desrochers