The school psychology department located within Learning Services and serves all schools School District 60. Our present School Psychologists are Carmen Gietz and Crystal Johnson.
School Psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviourally, and emotionally. School Psychologists work with classroom teachers, learning assistance teachers, and school-based teams to find the best solution for each child and situation. School Psychologists promote a Response to Intervention (RTI) model where students’ needs are addressed at the universal, targeted and intensive tiers and we are able to support classroom teachers in each tier.
Particular special needs are identified through formal psycho-educational assessment including specific learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities as well as screenings for autism and ADHD. Additionally, eligibility for adaptations (i.e. extra time and readers) for Provincial exams is determined for students with specific learning disabilities.
REFERRALS FOR SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY SERVICES
The school psychology department operates on a needs-based system, rather than a first come first serve basis. Referrals for school psychology services are first discussed with the school-based team at each school.