School Psychologists are important members of the school team who provide a wide variety of services. Tele-School Psychology permits these professionals to effectively perform many of these tasks remotely. Here are some of the services that telepsychologists can perform.
- Consultation: School psychologists can use telecommunication to provide information and advice to clients, their families, and other professionals. Consultation may be provided through video conference, telephone, or secure email communication.
- Assessment: Most psychological and academic testing instruments are designed and developed for in-person administration. However, knowledgeable school psychologists can modify the environment to effectively administer assessments. Some assessments that have been conducted through teleservices include:
- Behavioral Assessment: School psychologists can collaborate with school teams to use video conference technology to observe student behavior in the classroom and other environments. Some formal Behavioral Assessments can be administered completely using online materials. Other information may be obtained from parents and teachers through telephone or secure email communication.
- Intelligence and Achievement Testing: Emerging evidence suggests that tele-school psychologists can successfully present some testing materials through videoconference technology and get similar results to onsite testing (Wright, 2016).
- Autism Testing: Although some "hands-on" testing procedures may be difficult to administer remotely, behavioral ratings and questionnaires can be performed simply through using telepsychology technology.
- Progress Monitoring: School psychologists can monitor how students adhere to an intervention program, provide follow-up in helping them meet their goals, and respond to issues within the classroom and other environments.
- Intervention: School psychologists can use telepractice to offer various types of direct and indirect interventions. Through videoconference technology and remote collaboration with on-site professionals, school psychologists can effectively address different intervention areas identified by NASP, including:
- Instructional support to develop academic skills
- Mental health services to develop social and life skills
- Support school-wide practices to promote learning and mental health
- Preventive and responsive services
- Family–school collaboration services
- National Association of School Psychologists, (2010). The Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services. Retrieved from: https://www.nasponline.org/standards-and-certification/nasp-practice-model
- Wright, A.J. (2016). Equivalence of Remote, Online Administration and Traditional, Face-to-Face Administration of Woodcock-Johnson IV Cognitive and Achievement Tests. Unpublished Manuscript. Empire State College, SUNY, Saratoga Springs, NY.