Friday, September 24, 2010

I'm No Mind Reader

I love my job. In fact, I was professing my love today. That being said, don't we all have a few job related annoyances?

The worst part about being a school psychologist:

1. People think that I'm a mind reader. Nope, I'm a simple human just like you.

2. When I observe a child, most other adults give me 4.5 seconds before asking me whats wrong and/or how to fix them. It's an art that takes time people!

3. I am spread pretty thin and I'm usually only in the same place once or twice a week. You know the kid better than me so tell me your hunch and I'll tell you if you're on the right track.

4. See #1. You see this kid daily. If you still can't read his mind, I can't either.

5. Documentation, documentation, documentation. I know that I may be trained in statistics, but anyone can document how often a child gets up out of their seat, time off task, etc. without a psychology degree. People (ahem, I) are more likely to react when you have raw data.

6. I can't whisper magic into kids ears and make them do whatever I want. It may look like I'm doing magic, but I'm simply reframing. If a kid is crying because they don't want to get on the bus and they start kicking, yelling and repeatedly crying that they refuse to ride the bus do not run up to them and say, "get on this bus now or else I will pick you up and carry you outside." Instead say, "Okay, lets just go look at the bus. Lets see who's driving it today." Although I appreciate when people say that I'm being magical you could easily do what I just did.

7. See #6- Basically I'm a professional at telling BS to little children.


I know, I'm not magical, I'm not a mind reader, I'm not telepathically connected to every kid that acts a little psycho every now and then. Doesn't sound fun does it? But it is, because I CAN do this:

* School psychology is a field that applies principles of clinical psychology and educational psychology to the diagnosis and treatment of children's and adolescents' behavioral and learning problems.

* A school psychologist conducts assessments to evaluate students on criteria such as intelligence, aptitude, and psychopathology. Additionally, they often consult with teachers and other school personnel help supply interventions to aid in student learning

  • Provide counseling, instruction, and mentoring for those struggling with social, emotional, and behavioral problems
  • Increase achievement by assessing barriers to learning and determining the best instructional strategies to improve learning
  • Promote wellness and resilience by reinforcing communication and social skills, problem solving, anger management, self-regulation, self-determination, and optimism


Kids, Canines, and Chaos said...

Hold up! If a kid is kicking and screaming, demanding they do something isn't going to help? Hm.. really? {LOADED with sarcasm}

I mean, don't we all just jump to do something when someone is screaming at us?

And? You want teachers to document that data they are whining about? Psh! You figure out how to do that and I'll pay you to teach people to actually write BIP's that address changing a behavior (especially if they are sending them to me!)

Ashley said...

BIPs are a joke. They really should train all of us and administators in how to do them. Its just another hoop to jump through.

Shaina said...

This is a great post! I often struggle with people thinking I'm sort of catch-all miracle worker at school ... and I'm not! I cannot fix a kid's problems in one day ... let alone one year. Sigh.

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