You’re a what? An Educational what? I never heard of that!Average Barbadian
I’m often asked what I do. There are many people who have never heard of an Educational Psychologist. In fact, when people think of a psychologist, they often associate them with a counselor. I’ve answered the three questions I’m usually asked on a daily basis. Hopefully, this gives a bit more insight into the profession.
Q: What is a Registered Educational Psychologist?
A: A Registered Educational Psychologist supports the academic, social, and behavioural wellbeing of children, adolescents, and adults. They must be registered yearly, under the Paramedical Professions Council of the Ministry of Health to practice in Barbados.
Q: What does an Educational Psychologist do?
A: Improves the learning development of all children, is concerned with the child’s learning and well-being, works within the educational system or private practice, is skilled in a range of psychological and educational assessment and intervention techniques, and helps children and young people who are experiencing difficulties in learning or social adjustment.
Q: What do I do as a Registered Educational Psychologist?
A: I do quite a lot and I love every minute of it! As an Educational Psychologist, I:
- work in private practice with children ages 3+, with or without diagnosed learning disorders ( reading, attention etc.) and co-existing conditions or diagnoses (e.g. difficulty in social situations, etc.).
- observe, screen, and assess students for learning disorders such as reading (dyslexia), mathematics and attention disorders
- provide remedial intervention in reading, grammar, and mathematics individualized and unique to the specific learner
- determine the academic level of a child based on teacher/parent concerns
- work within schools providing direct services to students with needs within the classroom and 1:1 support outside of the classroom as needed
- develop individualized education plans (IEPs) for students confirmed with needs based on psychological reports
- modify classwork so students can access curriculum based on learning style and level
- create functional programs for high needs students based loosely on certifications offered by CXC
- assist teachers with the implementation of classroom strategies to create an inclusive classroom
- provide guidance to parents on strategies to reinforce at home
- educate parents and teachers on areas such as multiple intelligences, anti-bullying, mental health in children, kindness, social and emotional learning, and others
Now you know a bit more about what I do!