Evaluation Of A School Psychologist With The Simi Valley Unified School District
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I interviewed Dr. Linda Vandaveer, a school psychologist with the Simi Valley Unified School District, on February 4, 2016. I saw her at Katherine Elementary School, and she also works with two other schools in the district. I found the interview enjoyable and interesting.
At Katherine Elementary School Dr. Vandaveer has her own portable where she can test students. Her desk is in one corner and there was a kidney-shaped table with a few chairs close by. Other than a couple filing cabinets the room was fairly sparse and the walls were bare
At student can be referred for special services by a parent, teacher, or principal. A studentstudy team is then set up to evaluate the child. The team includes the school psychologist, who is the coordinator of the team, the principal, the child’s teacher, the special education teacher, speech specialist, upper and lower grade teacher representatives, and the parents. The parents can also bring other people, including a therapist.
The school psychologist then assigns individuals in the student study team to perform certain tests. The psychologist does four hours of testing broken up over a couple of days, the speech specialist does around two hours of testing, and the special education teacher spends around three hours testing the child. The teacher and parents provide information about the child. The information gathered includes intellectual function, visual motor integrations, behavior rating scales, parent and teacher reports,