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School Psychologists

Diagnose and implement individual or schoolwide interventions or strategies to address educational, behavioral, or developmental issues that adversely impact educational functioning in a school. May address student learning and behavioral problems and counsel students or families. May design and implement performance plans, and evaluate performance. May consult with other school-based personnel.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Select, administer, and score psychological tests.
    • Interpret test results and prepare psychological reports for teachers, administrators, and parents.
    • Assess an individual child's needs, limitations, and potential, using observation, review of school records, and consultation with parents and school personnel.
    • Develop individualized educational plans in collaboration with teachers and other staff members.
    • Counsel children and families to help solve conflicts and problems in learning and adjustment.
    • Collect and analyze data to evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs and other services, such as behavioral management systems.
    • Provide consultation to parents, teachers, administrators, and others on topics such as learning styles and behavior modification techniques.
    • Collaborate with other educational professionals to develop teaching strategies and school programs.
    • Design classes and programs to meet the needs of special students.
    • Promote an understanding of child development and its relationship to learning and behavior.
    • Attend workshops, seminars, or professional meetings to remain informed of new developments in school psychology.
    • Refer students and their families to appropriate community agencies for medical, vocational, or social services.
    • Serve as a resource to help families and schools deal with crises, such as separation and loss.
    • Initiate and direct efforts to foster tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity in school communities.
    • Provide educational programs on topics such as classroom management, teaching strategies, or parenting skills.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
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    Workplace Documents
    N/A
    Graphic Literacy
    N/A

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    Knowledge

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

    • Therapy and Counseling

      Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 74400/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 35.77/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 5,520
    • Yearly Projected Openings 480

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    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Persistence
    • Self Control
    • Social Orientation

    Tools

    • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
    • Personal computers
    • Overhead projectors
    • Notebook computers
    • Desktop computers

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Presentation software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software
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