A Closer Look: Blogs From NASP Speakers, Leaders, and Presenters

This blog features blog posts written by experts in specific areas of practice, giving you an opportunity on your lunch break or after hours to quickly read up on a topic and learn more about implications for practice.

  • Problem-Solving the Complexities of Reading Comprehension

    Being able to comprehend written text is an essential life skill. Consider all the ways in which one uses reading comprehension skills in everyday life. Everything from reading the comics in the newspaper and social media online to reading the voter's pamphlet or a job application are impacted by one's comprehension skills. Because of its importance, school psychologists need to understand which reading and language skills are critical to the development of reading comprehension.

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  • Promoting School Psychological Service Delivery Through Active Self-Care

    Even though psychologists know the importance of taking care of themselves, achieving it within the complex and demanding school settings that exist in today’s educational landscape can be a serious challenge. Recognizing this dilemma and the significance of personal well-being is a critical professional skill that can have powerful impacts on job productivity and effectiveness.

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  • How to Prevent Students From Experiencing Psychosis

    Did you know that it is rather common to have strange or extraordinary experiences? Many people experience these events, and they are usually harmless and are quickly forgotten. However, sometimes these experiences can be distressing and interfere with activities. Below are some examples of unusual or extraordinary experiences that students might mention or appear to be experiencing

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  • Science-Based Case Conceptualization

    This entry to our A Closer Look blog examines science-based case conceptualization and its importance to navigating the overabundance of factors relevant or helpful for student assessment or intervention.

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  • Trauma, Stress, and the Postpandemic Opening of School: Let’s Not Pathologize Students’ Emotional Needs

    Multifaceted data has not yet been collected regarding students’ current emotional status and how many students have actually been traumatized by the current COVID-19 pandemic. This entry to our "A Closer Look" blog takes a look at considerations schools must be mindful of in order to act as conscious leaders and caring adults supporting students through these times.

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  • Testing Accommodations: From the 2019 Admissions Scandal to the Bigger Scandal of Poor Decision-Making

    Americans were shocked by the news that broke in March 2019. A number of affluent individuals, including celebrities Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, had allegedly paid William “Rick” Singer to help their children get into selective colleges through fraudulent means. Singer’s strategies for gaming the admissions process were diverse, including faking athletic accomplishments and even lying about students’ ethnic backgrounds, but one of his techniques involved providing fraudulent college admissions test scores. Singer had associates who worked as proctors, and who could arrange for the scores. But logistical problems remained—in particular, Singer’s associates needed time to procure or produce tests with the high-scoring correct answers.

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  • Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD)

    Self-regulated strategy development (SRSD) is a trans-theoretical teaching approach that was first developed by Karen Harris and Steve Graham nearly 40 years ago. They designed the approach to fill a gap in writing instruction for students with disabilities. It can be used with individuals, in small groups, and classwide with students in grades two through twelve.

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  • Thinking Versus Knowing: The Key to Measuring Intelligence

    The pattern of strengths and weaknesses in a student’s thinking and knowing gives us information about eligibility (perhaps a specific learning disability) and direction for intervention. It is, however, critical that the way we measure how well a student thinks is not confounded by what they know.

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  • Addressing Microaggressions in Pre-K–12 Settings

    Students from marginalized or minoritized backgrounds are increasingly being targeted in schools. In 2018, the Southern Poverty Law Center noted 821 bias incidents in schools reported in the media. An additional 3,000+ incidents were reported by teachers. These bias incidents were related to race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, and religion. Moreover, these incidents were reported at all education levels. In most cases, school administrators failed to discipline the perpetrator or offer any type of response. These blatant events can occur because of other incidents of discrimination, particularly in the form of microaggressions, that have gone unaddressed.

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  • Social Media and Crisis Intervention: Opportunity and Danger

    Over 70% of Americans use some form of social media every day (Pew Research Center, 2019). As a result of this trend, when a school associated crisis occurs, it has become expected that schools will use social media to disseminate information. In addition, we should expect that today's students and their caregivers will use social media to connect with each other.

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  • Self-Care Lessons From the Field

    A 2-week Hawaiian vacation. Cozying up in thick fleece sweat pants, an oversized hoodie, and half a pint of cookie dough ice cream on a Friday night to watch your favorite movie. Taking backroads to work and marveling at the turns and hills and many shades of green along the route. Walking from the parking lot to the office, choosing not to focus on the deafening sounds of the ride-on mower zig zagging across the lawn, but instead attending to the sweet smell of fresh cut grass, brilliant sunshine, and crisp hint of autumn in the air. Self-care is different things to different people.

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