What is Educational Psychology?
Educational psychologists have an undergraduate and post graduate (MSc or PhD) qualification in psychology; they use their knowledge of child development and experience of working with children and families across a variety of educational settings, to promote their learning and well-being. They work in collaboration with parents, teachers, and other professionals, to meet the needs of children and young people, aged between 0 and 25 years of age.
Educational psychology definition from British Psychological Society:
Educational psychology is concerned with children and young people in educational and early years settings. Educational psychologists tackle challenges such as learning difficulties, social and emotional problems, issues around disability as well as more complex developmental disorders. They work in a variety of ways including observations, interviews and assessments and offer consultation, advice and support to teachers, parents, the wider community as well as the young people concerned. They research innovative ways of helping vulnerable young people and often train teachers, learning support assistants and others working with children.
Educational Psychologists work with a range of different professionals
Each of the following professionals specialise in a certain area. Children with complex needs may be referred to each of the different professionals for specific advice. An educational psychologist may ask to see reports from other professionals to aid their work with a child, and vice versa. An EP may also advise that the parents / school contact other professionals to gain greater insight into a specific need.
Note that an official diagnosis of ADHD or Autism can only be given by a community paediatrician. The paediatrician may speak to other professionals, or request copies of their reports (e.g. an EP report), to support their diagnosis. An Educational Psychologist can undertake work / assessments that indicate whether ADHD or Autism is likely, but it is not a diagnosis. An EP report recommends strategies to support the child’s learning – a diagnosis doesn’t necessarily affect the strategies recommended by an EP.
Speech and Language Therapists
Cognition and Learning teams
Mental Health Teams
What do Educational Psychologists do?