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November 12-16 is National School Psychology Awareness Week

November 12-16 2012 is National Association of School Psychology (NASP) Awareness Week.

This year’s theme is “Know Your Own Strengths. Discover Them. Share Them. Celebrate Them.”

Every student has unique strengths, and this is an opportunity for parents, teachers, and school staff to recognize these assets and encourage students to build upon them. While no one is good at everything, everyone is good at something! One way to celebrate individual student efforts and achievement is through the Student POWER Award, which recognizes students who work hard and use their gifts in ways that help themselves and/or others. According to NASP, “the award recognizes students for progress towards goals, personal optimism, willing problem solving, eagerness to work hard, and dedication to others.” This award can be personalized and printed using the following link:

What is a School Psychologist?
School psychologists work to support students by addressing their academic, emotional, behavioral, and social functioning. School psychologists provide a variety of services including individual educational testing, consultation to teachers/parents, mental health counseling, professional development trainings, implementation of school wide prevention programming to maintain positive school climates, identifying and removing barriers to education, referring and coordinating community supports, and support home/school collaboration to name a few. 

For more information, please contact your child’s school to reach your school psychologist. You can see a list of Madison County Schools district psychology staff by clicking here.

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