Volume 48, Issue 4 (December 2019)

Editor: John Desrochers

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  • Play, Learn, and Enjoy! A Self-Regulation Curriculum for Children

    Play, Learn, and Enjoy! serves as a stand-alone curriculum that provides a solid foundation for teaching self-regulation skills to children. The curriculum includes 15 one-hour sessions intended for a group of three to six students ages 6 to 8. … more

  • School Psychology Supervisor's Toolkit

    The School Psychology Supervisor's Toolkit focuses a great deal on the responsibilities and role of a supervising school psychologist. … more

  • Bullying, School Violence, and Climate in Evolving Contexts

    Considering today's ever-changing society, I was rather interested to read Astor and Benbenishty's newest edition of their book regarding various types of victimization that occur both within and outside of the school setting (e.g., cyberbullying, sexual harassment). … more

  • 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

  • Call for Book Reviewers

    Communiqué invites you to participate as a book reviewer in an upcoming issue. … more

  • Artificial Intelligence Based Therapy

    Schools are not unique in their ongoing challenge to try and address people's mental health needs. Government, universities, and businesses are all trying to address the issue. … more

  • Challenges With Mathematics Response to Intervention: A Graduate Student Perspective

    Planning for and implementing interventions within a response-to-intervention framework is not an easy task. This article outlines the experiences and challenges of two doctoral students involved in the mathematics RTI process and efforts to bolster the Tier 2 system of support. … more

  • NASP Members to Elect Leadership

    The 2020 election cycle has begun, and it offers you an opportunity to play a role in the future of NASP leadership. This year, we are electing a president-elect, secretary, and 17 state delegates. … more

  • 2020 Vision: Leadership in Focus

    The NASP 2020 convention in Baltimore (aka Charm City) is just a few months away. Hosting 5,000+ school psychology practitioners, graduate students, and graduate educators requires a substantial effort by NASP volunteers, leaders, and office staff. … more

  • Fun Facts: A Guide to Local Baltimore Trivia

    In order to be victorious at trivia night in the charming city of Baltimore, there are a few key facts you'll need to know. First things first: Who is Lord Baltimore? “Lord Baltimore” is actually a title rather than one particular person. … more

  • Supporting Students Affected by Parental Substance Use

    Parental substance use represents a potential chronic stressor in the lives of children and their families. The experience can have long-lasting impacts on a child's physical health, mental and behavioral health, and learning. … more

  • Bilingual

    In the United States, there are nearly 5 million students in public schools who speak English as a second language (NCES, 2019). This population consists of recent immigrants as well as native-born children whose parents speak another language at home. … more

  • Supervision

    Are you a supervisor of school psychologists in a school district? Do you ever feel isolated and wish that you could share ideas and resources with other supervisors like yourself? … more

  • Youth Suicide Statistics

  • Join Social Justice Committee in NASP Group Read of Unequal City

    This year, the National Association of School Psychologists, under the leadership of the Social Justice Committee (SJC), has embarked on an exciting new initiative and invites the participation of all school psychologists. … more

  • Gun Violence and Youth

  • Advocacy Regarding School Safety and Mental Health

    This article describes NASP’s Policy Playbook for School Psychology, a document that provides advocacy and communications tips and guidance, as well as a series of issues-specific strategies and key messages. … more

  • The Multicultural Affairs and Early Career Committees

    This article is part of a series on the mission and activities of NASP committees and boards. The purpose of these articles is to increase NASP members’ understanding of the activities of these groups and to encourage involvement in their work. This installment focuses on the work of the Multicultural Affairs Committee and the Early Career Committee. … more

  • Your Legal Questions Answered by Our Expert

    The district's child find obligation is activated upon reasonable suspicion that the child may meet the eligibility standards of the IDEA. This point depends on various factors, such as the extent of the child's progress in response to general education interventions. … more

  • Lessons in Leadership From Louisiana

    The Assistance to States (ATS) committee offers training for state associations to help improve their organizational and operational capacity. Trainings are customized to meet the unique needs of the state association requesting the training. ATS training is provided to help address operational or infrastructure issues within the state association. … more

  • Embracing Leadership as a Strategic Priority

    This article describes the NASP strategic goal of leadership development. It reviews how the strategic goal has evolved and how NASP committees are working to strengthen school psychologists’ leadership skills in practice. … more

  • Leadership Opportunities

    I am writing this column after returning from the NASP Fall Leadership Meeting when the Leadership Assembly meets to discuss current issues, monitor the progress of our strategic goals, and set policies for our association. Additionally, new leaders participate in the New Leader Training. … more

  • Goodbye 2019

    December marks the halfway point in Communiqué’s year, and I am proud to say that we are going strong! We have, as usual, a wide range of offerings this month. Leadership, of course, is a big theme. Whether we are born to it, work to achieve it, or have it thrust upon us, school psychologists find themselves in leadership roles wherever they work. … more

  • A Framework for Social Justice Advocacy for Low Income and Economically Marginalized Gifted and Talented Students

    Students experiencing low-income and economic marginalization (LIEM) often face disparities in access to and opportunity for high-quality education. This article presents a social justice advocacy framework to affect individual and systems-level change for students living in LIEM. Using this model, we highlight direct and indirect actions school psychologists can take to address an often neglected student population in the United States—LIEM gifted and talented students. … more

  • Adolescent Suicide Prevention in the Context of Social Media—Part 2: Suggestions

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

  • Self-Care for School Psychologists Advancing Social Justice for Youth

    School psychologists need to engage in self-care if they want to be successful in caring for others. This article describes personal and professional strategies for self-care, including a description of strategies derived from acceptance and commitment therapy. … more