Communiqué Volume 46, Number 3 (November 2017)

Featured Article

Early Childhood Mental Health and the School Psychologist
By Keri Giordano, Adrienne Garro, Gabrielle Rosen & Aaron Gubi

While empirical evidence regarding the many physical health needs of young children is paramount, what about their mental health needs? This article presents the scope of early childhood mental health problems, obstacles to providing them with mental health services, and implications for school psychologists.

DSM-5 and School Psych

Conditions for Further Study: Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated With Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
By Shelley R. Hart & Molly J. Harrison

This article reviews proposed DSM-5 criteria for neurobehavioral disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure.

Suicide and Schools

Suicide Prevention Legislation: What School Psychologists Need to Know and Do
By Richard Lieberman & Scott Poland

This article presents an overview of suicide prevention legislation at the state level, along with steps for moving forward.

Communication Matters

Teaching Character Strengths: Persee the Perseverant Puppy
By Caren Baruch-Feldman

This article introduces a method for teaching young children about important character traits, such as kindness, grit, flexibility, and self-control.

Research-Based Practice

Student Happiness: An Update
By Scott Huebner

This article follows up on a previous article about the importance of student happiness for mental well-being, highlighting new research on the matter.

Professional Practice

Ask Perry: Your Legal Questions Answers by Our Expert
By Perry A. Zirkel

In this article, Perry Zirkel addresses questions about student records, recent court decisions, students with disabilities, visual disorders, special education, and specific learning disability.

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