The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has designated November 14–18, 2011, as National School Psychology Awareness Week. This year’s theme, “Every link matters. Make the connection” helps our students and schools focus on creating positive connections within the school community, their academics, and their lives. School psychologists throughout Area Education Agency 267 will be focused on this theme throughout the year.
Research points to the central role of meaningful relationships in a child’s life. A trustworthy adult in a child’s life can help him or her overcome challenges or major life crises. Having at least one reciprocal friendship is enough to help a child feel accepted at school. Interpersonal connections are essential not only to making school an enjoyable place to be, but also to building a child’s resilience and ability to overcome challenges and adversity.
Within the service area of AEA 267, school psychologists work with teachers and parents to facilitate the positive connections students make with peers, their school, and their community. They also provide supports and interventions that help students succeed academically, socially and emotionally. School psychologists can help children understand the link between feelings, actions, and outcomes.
AEA 267 school psychologists are a great resource to families, students and teachers as they work to make these important connections.