School Psychology

Ms. Jennifer Leahy - Leicester Middle School Psychologist

The school psychologist, Ms. Leahy, works with students individually or in groups to help deal with various behavioral issues, learning difficulties, disabilities, emotional problems, and other concerns. In many cases, the school psychologist provides counseling, mentoring, and instructional services to help promote wellness by reinforcing strong communication, problem-solving, anger management, self-regulation, and/or social skills. For those who are facing learning disabilities, Ms. Leahy helps increase achievement by assessing students’ abilities and devising the best instructional strategies for optimal learning.

Beyond working directly with students, Ms. Leahy is required to collaborate with teachers, parents, administrators, and other professionals in the school building to strengthen connections between home and school for all students. She may be involved in evaluating eligibility for special education services, teaching parenting skills, making referrals to help coordinate community support, designing student progress monitoring systems, and implementing school-wide prevention programs. Often, Ms. Leahy is involved in promoting school policies that ensure the safety of students by reducing school violence, harassment, and bullying.

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