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Pupil Personnel (PPS) & Related Services

North Haven is fortunate to have skilled personnel in each building to provide related services:

  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • School Social Workers
  • School Psychologists
  • School Counselors (middle and high school only)
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)

 

Specifically, Pupil Personnel is a department comprised of our School Psychologists and School Social Workers who provide a continuum of school-based mental health support that is available to the entire school community. This includes all students, families and educators. Services are coordinated and integrated as a multi-disciplinary model, with collaboration and multi-tiered approaches at the student and whole school level. These approaches are designed to promote social, emotional, and behavioral competence that research has proven leads to academic success for all students, and in particular those at-risk and with severe or chronic challenges.

In partnership with teachers, administrators, and other school staff, Pupil Personnel build connections between home, school and community to ensure safe, healthy and supportive environments. Pupil Personnel staff teach children skills to:

 

  • Develop self-awareness and self-management skills
  • Develop social awareness and interpersonal skills
  • Develop responsible behavior and decision making

 

 

 

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

 

  • School Psychologists

School psychologists have specialized training and experience in a comprehensive range of assessment skills used to evaluate the academic and social-emotional strengths and needs of students necessary to designed specialized education plans. These plans promote growth and development to increase academic achievement in all areas of a students' life. School Psychologists serve as members of various intervention and planning teams used not only to assist individual and small groups of students but also in classrooms and whole-school level prevention practices. In addition to consultation and responsive services to parents, teachers and administrators, School Psychologists provide school-based individual and small group counseling services that assist students in developing personal responsibility and productivity.

  • School Social Workers

School Social Workers are highly trained professionals with broad skill sets, ranging from advanced clinical skills to highly generalist approaches. In schools, Social Workers enhance the academic mission by providing services to strengthen home, school, and community partnerships that promote healthy development in all students to attain their maximum potential. using an ecological systems approach to problem-solving, School Social Workers foster social-emotional competencies and academic achievement by assisting students, families, and educators in identifying and addressing barriers to learning. School social workers have experience and expertise understanding the family and community and connecting with community resources that are essential to promote student mental health and academic success. This practice includes intensive services, such as assessment, crisis response, direct school-based counseling, program development, and coordination of community services that build social and emotional life skills and resiliency.

 

Contact Information

Lisa Teodosio, PPS Coordinator and School Psychologist, 203-239-1641, teodosio.lisa@northhavenschools.org