Volume 24, Issue 2 (1995)
Pediatric School Psychology: The Emergence of a Subspecialization
Thomas J. Power, George J. DuPaul, Edward S. Shapiro, John M. Parrish
Abstract: Changes in public policy and educational practice as well as advances in applied research underscore the need for school psychologists with expertise in providing services to children with medical conditions, a subspecialty which we call pediatric school psychology. Roles of the pediatric school psychologist might include: (a) advocating for the educational and social needs of children with medical conditions; (b) consulting with pediatric care providers and educators to evaluate the efficacy of medical, instructional, and behavioral interventions for medically involved children; (c) facilitating effective collaboration among educational professionals, parents, and pediatric care providers; and (d) collaborating with educational professionals in the design of health promotion and risk prevention programs. Doctoral and postdoctoral training models for the preparation of pediatric school psychologists are proposed.
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