What is an Educational Psychologist?
Educational psychologists aim to enable positive change for children and young people, families, in context of their schools and colleges. They use psychology to bring people and ideas together to support children and young people to remain included academically and socially, and to flourish and achieve.
One of the most common ways that students make initial contact with an educational psychologist, is when an educational assessment is performed.
In the school setting, those young people that she may be asked to help include seeing those who need help with:
• their learning – slow learning, specific learning difficulties, difficulties with concentration.
• coping with their feelings – high anxiety, school refusal, bullying and social problems at school.
• their behaviour – withdrawn, disruptive or agressive behaviour
The sorts of things an educational psychologist does to support a child and the parents would include talking to the parents about what is going well and not going so well for their child, talking to the child about what they find easy or difficult, individual psychological assessments with the child or young person, watching the child in session at play, and consultation with the adults who know the child or young person best. This will often include making contact with and working with the school. The first step is to gather together information and then to make a professional assessment of the nature of the problem and what could be done to help.