Communiqué

Volume 47, Issue 7 (May 2019)

Editor: John Desrochers


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  • Executive Skills In Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention, Third Edition

    This third edition of Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents is a practical guide as the subtitle states. It guides practitioners in the fields of school psychology or any educational professions who are working with students. Readers will grow in their understanding of executive skills and learn to apply accommodations to help students build skills in organization, planning, task initiation, and the like. … more

  • Learning Disabilities: From Identification to Intervention, Second Edition

    Learning disabilities (LD) are the most prevalent condition identified under IDEA, and controversies over how to serve students with this problem abound. Jack Fletcher and his colleagues have written an impressively comprehensive textbook on LD, consisting of strong opinions and conclusions along with a careful review of research to back them up. The authors are all senior scholars in the LD field, and their ability to synthesize findings from a vast literature is remarkable. … more

  • Executive Function In Education: From Theory to Practice (2nd Ed.)

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has relatively high prevalence rates among elementary, junior high, and high school students. School psychologists, educators, and parents frequently embark on quests to discover interventions that aim to scaffold students’ executive function abilities. Executive Function in Education: From Theory to Practice provides educational stakeholders with advanced and comprehensive information describing the biological and environmental underpinnings for executive function abilities and difficulties. … more

  • Wearable Interventions

    Technology has gradually insinuated itself more and more into school psychology over the past several decades. It has helped school psychologists become more efficient by being better able to integrate large amounts of information into reports and to track the effectiveness of interventions. … more

  • Turning Presentations Into Manuscripts

    When the excitement and stress of the NASP annual convention is over, then what? The process of disseminating your research does not have to end when your conference presentation does. In this column, I will offer suggestions on how to navigate the peer review process and share some of the ups and downs I experienced while submitting papers for publication. … more

  • What Was the Bilingual Buzz in Atlanta?

    The Bilingual School Psychology Interest Group (BIG) is a community of school psychology practitioners, trainers, and graduate students who have a shared interest in serving, learning about, and advocating for bilingual students and English learners (ELLs). Participation is free and open to all NASP members through the Bilingual School Psychology community. … more

  • A Social Justice Recap and Challenge to Move Forward

    On the heels of a very successful annual convention that brought more than 5,000 attendees to Atlanta, social justice—NASP's most recent strategic goal—was well represented. For example, entering “social justice” in the search field of the convention's mobile app, more than 20 sessions, including committee meetings, interest group networking sessions, mini-skills sessions, papers, posters, practitioner conversations, and symposia were available. … more

  • Q&A With Khadijah Cyril

    I decided to pursue a career in school psychology because I wanted to understand and treat children and adolescents experiencing behavioral, cognitive, social, and psychological difficulties. I am passionate about evaluating and treating learning and mental health difficulties that children and adolescents can experience during their development. I wanted a career in which I could develop clinical skills in order to have a positive impact when working with individuals, families, and communities. … more

  • Marijuana and Our Students

    Currently, there are 29 states that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana for recreational or medical purposes. It is this author's opinion that sooner rather than later, marijuana will be legalized for recreational and medical purposes in all 50 states. The federal government has been changing its views on enforcement. Under the Obama administration, the federal government stood firm that marijuana is illegal. It now seems that the law is not being aggressively enforced. … more

  • The NASP Recognition Program for Model Internship Supervisors

    The school psychology internship represents a highly impactful supervised experience in the preparation of school psychologists. Since NASP began developing standards for graduate preparation, internships symbolized a necessary and formative capstone learning experience for future school psychologists. However, the NASP standards that focus on the internship tend to only address (a) the nature, setting, and infrastructure of the internship and supervision; and (b) the credentials and experience necessary to qualify as an internship supervisor. … more

  • Position Opening: Editor-Elect of School Psychology Review

    The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is conducting a search for editor-elect of its flagship journal, School Psychology Review (SPR). Readership of the journal includes NASP membership and institutional subscribers. … more

  • Text, Talk, Set to Go: Prepare Students Emotionally for College

    The Jed Foundation recently conducted a “First-Year College Experience” survey, exploring the challenges associated with young adults’ transition from high school to college (Harris Poll, 2015). The study found that the majority of U.S. first-year college students (N=1,502) felt underprepared emotionally for college and that 60% wished they had received more emotional preparation. Those same students were more likely to have a lower GPA, to regularly consume drugs or alcohol, to take a leave of absence after their first year, and to rate their college experience as “terrible/poor.” … more

  • Comment Period on the NASP 2020 Standards Revision

    NASP is providing an open comment period on the NASP 2020 standards revision from April 8, 2019 through May 10, 2019. All NASP members, and nonmembers alike from a variety of different related constituencies, are encouraged to review and provide input into the proposed drafts of the 2020 standards. … more

  • Revisiting the PPRA: An Amended Answer

    A recent e-mail about my answer to a question in the October 2018 “Ask Perry” column warrants this revisit to the Protection of Pupil Rights Act (PPRA, 2016) for a closer look, which includes both correction and clarification. According to an e-mail from Professor Emeritus Susan Jacob, the original answer caused confusion, as evidenced in the NASP Member Exchange, due to an amendment in the PPRA in 2001 that added provisions for specified activities that were not directly federally funded. … more

  • The First NASP Newsletter

    Fifty years ago, many school psychologists received the first newsletter from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The DNA of NASP is in the first issue: volunteer leadership, diverse professional perspectives, member engagement, and advocacy. In honor of this first NASP publication, we have decided to reprint the first two pages of the original newsletter in this issue of Communiqué. … more

  • Nonsuicidal Self-Injury, a Condition for Further Study

    Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) refers to deliberately harming one’s body without the intention of dying. Common methods include skin cutting, scratching, burning, and self-battery. NSSI is currently not listed as a diagnostic category in DSM-V, but it is considered a condition for further study. This article describes NSSI, the rationale for possible inclusion in DSM, and the implications of its inclusion for school psychologists. … more

  • No Lobbyist Needed: Grassroots Advocacy in the Other Washington

    In the past 5 years, the Washington State Association of School Psychologists has put resources into their Government and Public Relations committee, making this work a priority for the association. This article describes their journey through advocacy, which has thus far resulted in multiple successful passages of legislation in 2018 as well as large scale advances with the Washington Education Association. … more

  • The School Safety Commission Report: Prevent, Protect, and Respond

    The federal School Safety Commission published its report that contains findings, guidance, and recommendations for schools and communities. The report emphasizes prevention, such as the building of a positive school climate, to promote school safety and address school-based violence. This article provides a summary of the key aspects of the report. … more

  • Social Justice: A Critical Component of Unlocking Potential

    As school psychologists, we are continually evolving in our knowledge, research, and practice. As we learn more, we do better. Nowhere is this more evident than in our social justice work. Our Leadership Assembly added social justice as a strategic goal that is intended to permeate throughout NASP to “ensure that all children and youth are valued and that their rights and opportunities are protected in schools and communities.” Many of you have been doing social justice work for years, and I see growing numbers of school psychologists addressing issues of injustice and inequity, challenging our own implicit biases, and helping to shape critical conversations with colleagues, school staff, and students. … more

  • The Big Push

    Get ready for the final push in May and June to get all those IEP meetings finished before the end of the year—and before each meeting, to ensure that reports are done, parents and teachers are consulted, and interventions planned. What an astounding amount of work goes into making sure that each student's program is well thought out, based on evidence, and tailored specifically to each and every unique set of needs. … more

  • Social Media Use in Adolescents: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Youth today are bombarded by technology, and in particular, by social media, in their day-to-day lives. However, given the relatively new phenomenon of social media, the research literature documenting the effects of the increase in social media use on the lives of youth is just beginning to emerge. This article summarizes the known benefits and risks of social media use in adolescents, and also describes implications for school psychologists. … more

  • Gender-Based Differences in the Neuroanatomy and Symptomatology of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

    Brain-based structural and functional differences have been identified in children with and without ADHD, and these differences have also been identified in girls versus boys. Neurological differences observed in girls compared to boys provide support for the increased prevalence of inattentive subtype, comorbid internalizing symptoms, and greater executive function deficits among girls. Girls are less likely to self-report symptoms and also less motivated by reinforcement and punishment contingencies, suggesting that girls with ADHD may require unique identification and intervention strategies. … more

  • Crossover Youth and Multisystem Collaboration—Part 1

    Crossover youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems face significant challenges when it comes to achieving school success. Recent practice and research literature has started to recognize the importance of collaborative initiatives to help youth involved with multiple systems (Farn & Adams, 2016). Multisystem collaboration is a promising practice that may address the unmet educational needs of crossover youth. Part one of this two-part series highlights the educational outcomes and challenges crossover youth face in the school setting, and examines the impact of multisystem collaboration as a strategy to improve youth’s outcomes. … more