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Shannon Maher

School Psychologist, M.A., NCSP
Sycamore Drive Early Childhood Learning Center
Cove Road Elementary School
732-264-2180 ext. 8006
smaher@hazlet.org

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I am the school psychologist in the Child Study Team at Sycamore Drive Early Childhood Learning Center and Cove Road Elementary School.  I work with staff, students, and their families to provide social/emotional and academic support and foster positive learning environments.  

 

What Do School Psychologists Do? 

School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students, and consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e. school counselors, school social workers) to improve academic achievement, promote positive behavior and mental health, create safe school climates, strengthen family-school partnerships, improve school-wide assessment and accountability.  Specific roles include (but are not limited to):

o Case management for special education students to ensure academic and social/emotional progress
o Conducting psychological evaluations of students from preschool through adolescence
o Consultation with teachers and related services personnel regarding student needs and services
o Provision of individual and group counseling to students with social, emotional, and behavioral concerns
o Development and coordination the Individual Education Plan (IEP) for students with special education needs
o Creating Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) and supporting teachers with intervention implementation and data collection

 

Why Do Children Need School Psychologists? 

All children and youth can face problems from time to time related to learning; social relationships; making difficult decisions; or managing emotions such as feeling depressed, anxious, worried, or isolated. School psychologists help students, families, educators, and members of the community understand and resolve both long-term, chronic problems and short-term issues that students may face. They are a highly skilled and ready resource in the effort to ensure that all children and youth thrive in school, at home, and in life.