Volume 48, Issue 3 (November 2019)

Editor: John Desrochers

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  • Send Us Your Legal Questions

    We are inviting you to send in questions about legal issues related to your practice as school psychologists. Perry Zirkel, university professor emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University, will answer selected questions in his Communiqué column, Ask Perry. … more

  • Effective Universal Instruction: An Action-Oriented Approach to Improving Tier 1

    Each year, more schools adopt a multitiered systems of support (MTSS) framework for service delivery. When implementing MTSS, too often school staff make the mistake of focusing on interventions and students at risk without considering the importance of effective universal instruction. … more

  • Adolescents At Risk: Home-Based Family Therapy and School-Based Intervention

    Working with at-risk students has been a focus of school psychology practice for a very long time. Currently, in many schools, a multitiered approach to interventions is used with at-risk students who have academic and social–emotional problems. The use of this approach is supported by both state and federal legislation. … more

  • YouTube's Stealthy Influence Over Students

    The ubiquity of YouTube in students’ lives starts before they can talk and continues throughout their schooling. Inevitably, the time children spend watching video content has increased, which can contribute to a range of negative developmental outcomes. This usage also has led to an increased dependence on YouTube as a major reference point for students regarding the events of the outside world that is curated to their preferences. … more

  • Managing Conflict With Supervisors

    As graduate students, we expected to be challenged in our coursework, research, and fieldwork in schools. However, we underestimated the challenges of working closely with other adults. When we experienced interpersonal conflict with supervisors, we felt overwhelmed and uncomfortable, and we sometimes doubted our abilities to be school psychologists. … more

  • What's Hot—and Delicious—in Charm City

    When it comes to food, Maryland is known for crabs and Old Bay seasoning, but Baltimore boasts so much more. On your upcoming trip to America's very own Charm City, there will be no shortage of options for food within walking distance of the Baltimore Conference Center and hotels. … more

  • Social Justice Leadership: Embracing Challenges as Opportunities for Moving Forward

    Social injustice can significantly undermine the well-being of our students, in part due to its consequences of poverty, racism, and inequality. In 2017, NASP adopted a definition that, in part, describes social justice as “both a process and a goal that requires action.” … more

  • Wes Moore to Give Keynote Address in Baltimore

    The keynote speaker at the NASP convention is always a highlight of the week. Taking place at the General Session on Wednesday morning, the keynote provides an inspiring—often eye-opening—insight into some aspect of the forces at play in the lives of the children and families we serve. … more

  • Best Practices for Preparing for an Armed School Intruder

    Across the country, schools and communities are grappling with how to prepare for a possible, albeit unlikely, active shooter or other armed intruder situation. Some schools have begun conducting regular full-scale simulation drills or frequent lockdown drills, yet these practices have generated as much controversy as confidence among school staff, families, and experts because of the intensity and nature of the drills. … more

  • Gifted/Talented

    Gifted and talented students are a woefully underserved population in all school settings (Whitmore, 1987). While the U.S. federal government mandates all states to provide special education services to students experiencing disabilities, states are not mandated to identify or serve students classified as gifted or talented. … more

  • Adoption and Foster Care

    On any given day in the United States, nearly 450,000 infants, children, and adolescents find themselves in the foster care system, with approximately 123,000 awaiting permanent adoptive homes. In an attempt to shine light on this vulnerable population, President Clinton, in 1995, proclaimed November as National Adoption Awareness Month. Since 2000, a specific National Adoption Day has emerged. … more

  • Early Childhood Education

    We all know that early intervention can greatly improve a child's life trajectory in the areas of cognition, language, motor, and social–emotional development. Early experiences within an appropriate environment can positively impact brain development during those critical first 5 years of life. … more

  • NCLD Releases Principles on SLD Eligibility for Special Education

    In collaboration with 10 partners and under the leadership of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), NASP shares the recent release of eight principles to guide the specific learning disability (SLD) evaluation process: Eligibility for Special Education Under a Specific Learning Disability Classification. … more

  • Remembering Jim Eikeland 1936–2019

    James Martin Eikeland Sr. was born June 25, 1936 and died at age 83 on July 23, 2019. He completed his BA at the University of Tampa (1958) and his MEd at the University of Florida (1962). Commonly called “Jim” Eikeland, he was a certified school psychologist in Florida, a charter member of NASP, and an associate member of Division 16, APA. … more

  • Peer Coaches, Autism Spectrum Disorder, College Transitions: A Spectrum of Supports

    An increasing number of young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are enrolled in two- or four-year colleges; yet the implementation of postsecondary transition supports for this growing population is inadequate. School Psychology training programs are in a position to give support to college students with ASD while simultaneously affording their graduate students direct intervention experiences. The School Psychology program and the Spectrum Support Program (SSP) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York, provide a model of successful college transitions for students with ASD. … more

  • Find Your Focus During SPAW, November 11–15

    School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) is almost here! Are you ready? SPAW is a great opportunity for outreach in your district. This year's theme, “Find Your Focus,” enables you to highlight what you and others can do to help students identify and develop their academic, social, emotional, and behavioral skills, and the evidence-based practices that help them achieve their best. … more

  • Professional Positions Committee

    In this series, we spotlight the work of NASP's volunteer-led working groups. Opportunities for joining committees are advertised in the NASP Communities Member Exchange as they become available. … more

  • The Use of Restraints for Students With Disabilities: The Latest Case Law Update

    Restraints and other aversives continue to be an active area of legal activity, particularly for students with disabilities. However, the coverage of the more recent case law has not been comparably comprehensive and current. This article provides an update of the case law specific to school district use of restraints. … more

  • Mental Health in LGBTQ Youth: Review of Research and Outcomes

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth show increased risk for negative health behaviors, victimization, emotional distress, and poor mental health outcomes. Because this population experiences greater risk for mental health problems, it is critical to better understand this issue and learn about effective prevention and treatment strategies. Therefore, this paper will explore risk and protective factors, critically analyze related research, identify future directions for research, describe ways to approach mental health services, and discuss implications for practice. … more

  • School Psychology Awareness Week

    In many ways, school psychology has been a “stealth” profession. Many people do not know what school psychologists do or how we contribute to students’ positive outcomes! There are many risks to a stealth profession, particularly if key decision makers and stakeholders do not understand our unique skills and expertise. … more

  • An Expression of Gratitude

    November is National Gratitude Month. The NASP Gratitude Works program suggests that we write letters to people who have helped us achieve goals, been kind to us, or have otherwise done something to make a difference in our worlds. Maybe I'm just in a more reflective mood than usual this morning, but I want to write a letter to you, kind reader. … more

  • Using Intersectionality as a Tool for Social Justice With Low-Income and Economically Marginalized Children and Youth

    Low-income and economic marginalization (LIEM) is associated with a wide range of negative outcomes that can vary based on the other identities a child or youth holds. Understanding the intersection of LIEM with other identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender), as well as with broader systems, is crucial to the role of school psychologists. This article highlights considerations related to the intersectionality of LIEM and advocacy for youth. … more

  • Adolescent Suicide Prevention in the Context of Social Media—Part 1: Overview

    Social media has enabled far-reaching connections among adolescents, thereby increasing exposure to an individual adolescent’s suicide. The first of this two-part series provides an overview of social media as a context for adolescent suicide prevention efforts. Part 2 will continue next month with suggestions for harnessing the reach of social media to enhance suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. … more

  • Executive Skills: State of the Art and Trends for the Future

    This article, based on the author’s presentation at the NASP 2018 National Convention in Chicago, summarizes her view of the current state of understanding in the area of executive skills and their relationship to school performance. Trends for the future and needs for research are also discussed. … more