The Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (Mid-Ohio ESC) School Psychology team is dedicated to providing quality services to the students in most of the 16 school districts in Crawford, Morrow, and Richland counties. The school psychology team participates in more than two thousand psycho-educational meetings, reviews and evaluations each year to develop interventions, determine eligibility for IDEA services, or to make placement decisions for special education or gifted students, preschool through twenty-one years of age.
The Mid-Ohio ESC School Psychology Team consists of qualified and trained school psychologists, school psychology associates and school psychology assistants who work closely with school staff and parents to improve and enhance student performance. Team members have many specialties including diagnosis of disabilities, teaching applications, behavior management, working with students with multiple disabilities, preschool services, play-based assessment, intervention-based assessment, and diagnosis of psycho-neurological conditions.
Mid-Ohio ESC School Psychology services are initiated through each participating school district’s referral process.
School Psychology Team members participate with other school staff and parents in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of interventions, programs, and services. They assist in determining student disability qualification and the nature and extent of the special education and related services a child may need. They also assist in the identification of students for early entrance to school and gifted programs. They participate in crisis response teams and also provide many training sessions and policy and procedure interpretations.
School psychology services include the following:
- Developing school programs and interventions to meet specific needs of children or groups of children
- Conducting and monitoring of school-based interventions
- Conducting interviews with staff, parents, and students about students’ work
- Performing observations of student activities
- Administering psychological tests and other individual assessment procedures
- Interpreting assessment results; obtaining, integrating, and interpreting information about child behavior as it relates to learning
- Diagnosing psychological disorders that affect learning and/or behavior
- Participating in the coordination of specialized alternative services, including counseling for children and/or parents, and options for alternative school programs.
Questions regarding the School Psychology Services should be directed to the Special Education/Student Services Department at 419-774-2507