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Department of Psychological Services


Fran Blakey - Programs of Promise at Wilson; Non-Public Schools; Leonard Kirtz

Helena Chambers - East; Preschool PAINT Assessments; Preschool Transition
Victoria Bankhead -  McGuffy Elementary; Taft Elementary; Non-Public Schools

Michael Burke -  Discovery Program at Kirkmere; Discovery Program at Volney; Chaney; Rayen Early College (REC); Williamson Elementary; Harding Elementary

Stephanie Gordon - PSST Compliance; Section 504 Compliance; Martin Luther King Elementary; P.C. Bunn; Gifted Assessments; RTI/PSST Coordination


What do Psychologists do?
Psychologists conduct testing to help determine a student's eligibility for Special Education services.  They conduct classroom observations of students and provide collaborative consultations to teachers, parents and mental health/service providers.  Psychologists provide interpretation of psychological records and data and are members of the building SEAT teams.

What types of assessments do Psychologists conduct?
Psychologists provide the following individualized assessments:

  • Play-based assessments for preschool children (PAINT)
  • Transition testing for special needs preschool students entering Kindergarten
  • Testing for early entrance into Kindergarten
  • Initial assessments for children suspected of  having a disability
  • Triennial evaluations (every 3 years) for continued special education eligibility

How are Psychologists part of the educational Team?
Psychologists assist in determining eligibility for Special Education services. Students suspected of having a disability may be identified as qualifying in one of the following areas: Specific Learning Disability; Cognitive Disability; Autism; Other Health Impaired; Emotional Disturbance; Multiple Disabilities; Hearing Impairment; Visual Impairment; Deaf-Blindness; Orthopedic Impairment; Traumatic Brain Injury; Speech/Language Impairment; or Developmental Delay (Preschool Only).


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