What does an Educational Psychologist actually do?
The term Educational Psychologist can be a bit mouthful and tends to get shortened to EP for ease. If you are researching educational help for your child and have come across the term, you may be wondering what an EP actually is, and what we can do to help your child?
First some background.
All qualified EPs are trained to post-graduate degree or doctorate level. Some, like me, are also qualified teachers. During training we study child development, the process of teaching and learning, and the psychological aspects of teaching and learning for children and young people with special educational needs. We also study teaching methods, group psychology, communication and relationship dynamics. We learn about how best to assess a person’s capabilities and challenges, how to solve problems, how to train others and also about different methods of research. We also undertake ongoing training and supervision so that we are always up to date with the latest research.
So what does an EP do?
In a nutshell, we apply psychology to bring clarity and understanding to a wide range of difficulties experienced by children and young people. Common problems include anxiety, language difficulties and behavioural issues but span a huge range issues. EPs will highlight an individuals strengths and then work in partnership with their families, schools and other professionals to help individuals realise their propensity for growth and development.
We are often the first person to formally assess a child’s development. Through observation, talking and a range of gentle assessment techniques, we will get to know an individual in their environment and thoroughly evaluate their educational needs. Based on the results of this assessment, we will develop practical and positive strategies to help them succeed socially, emotionally and academically. We also support the the people who care for and nurture the child.
Do you know a child or a young person who is struggling with some aspect of his or her education? It can feel very worrying when you realise your child isn't progressing in quite the same way as his or her peers, but please don't struggle alone. The sooner a child receives educational help the better. EPs are here to support you and help your child using positive and practical strategies, working with their teacher and school.
If you would like to explore if an EP might help a child or young person you know, please get in touch. I offer a completely free, no obligation, introductory consultation where we can have an informal chat where we can discuss your concerns and what support strategies are available. I will always tell you if educational psychology is not appropriate and can suggest alternatives.
I welcome enquiries of all kinds. Please complete the form here and I will be in touch to book your free appointment.