The New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists has developed a range of documents to provide guidance to the field in our great state. These fall into two broad groups, guidance documents and position papers. Guidance documents generally include suggestions for practice and are developed in response to questions presented to our organization. Position papers follow a more rigorous development and approval process and represent official positions of our organization.
We welcome feedback on these documents and encourage school psychologists and others to read and share them. NHASP members interested in being part of the development of future documents should contact the current NHASP president.
The following position papers have been adopted by the Executive Board of the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists.
Adopted May 20, 2020.
Summary: On May 20, 2020 the NHASP Executive Board voted to approve a position statement on The Appropriateness of Educational Teams Using Conditions and/or Diagnoses Identified by School Psychologists. This statement addresses a long standing concern among educators in NH about whether school psychologists and other similar educator can identify diagnoses for students. The statement clarifies that this is appropriate and that education teams can use these diagnoses to make educational decisions, including regarding eligibility for special education or section 504 services. The leadership of NHASP is proud to announce this statement and provide this guidance to our field.
The following documents have been developed by NHASP leadership and are presented to the field for consideration.
A group of NHASP leaders, led by Nate Jones, has developed a guidance document on school psychology and the return to learning. Recommendations for screening and individual evaluations are given, as well as considerations for how to maintain a broad scope of practice.
The NHASP Study Group on Executive Skills, led by Peg Dawson, has developed two documents. First is a set of "Tips for Caregivers and Parents on Schooling at Home: What Role Do Executive Skills Play." This wonderful set of tips can be used by everyone working with our students during this time of remote learning. The second is a Message for Teachers on Stress and Executive Skills.
Additionally, the NHASP Ethics Committee has provided a guide on the "Delivery of School Psychological Services in New Hampshire During COVID-19 School Closures." This guide outlines many of the important considerations for school psychologists during this time.