Volume 23, Issue 2 (1994)
The School Psychologist as Manager of Programming for ADHD
Thomas J. Power, Marc S. Atkins, Mary L. Osbourne, Nathan J. Blum
The school psychologist is uniquely positioned to provide services to children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). School psychologists can readily utilize naturalistic methods of assessment; they have the potential to be highly effective in consulting with teachers by establishing effective, ongoing, working alliances with educators. Although clinic-based professionals often have expertise in assessing and treating children with complex patterns of internalizing and externalizing behavior, they generally have difficulty acquiring naturalistic assessment data and collaborating with teachers on an ongoing basis. The role of the school psychologist in managing services for children with ADHD is examined in relation to legal mandates and recent trends in ADHD research and the practice of school psychology. The limitations of a school-based model are considered; the need for close collaboration between school- and clinic-based professionals is emphasized.
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