Psychology

Jan Kriel School currently has 3 psychologists offering services to the learners, staff and parents.

 

The Inclusive Education (IE) psychologist works in conjunction with an occupational and speech-and-language therapist to deliver services to about 200 learners on Jan Kriel School’s waiting list. The other two psychologists work full-time at the school.

Psychological services within the school include the following:

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Receiving and processing of applications that are sent to the school via several WCED district offices. These applications are then discussed at a quarterly placement meeting in alliance with the WCED sifting committee to make decisions regarding these applications.

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Psychometric assessment of learners where necessary.

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Handling enquiries regarding the admission criteria and application procedure for placement of a learner in a special school such as Jan Kriel.

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Networking with other professionals or institutions outside the school (e.g. psychiatrists, pediatricians and social services).

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Involvement in the motivation and coordination of subject changes.

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Short term emotional and psycho-social support to learners as well as guidance to parents. Learners and families get referred to private psychologists if longer term therapy is needed.

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Managing the database of learners who are candidates.

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Coordinating learner discussions as well as discussions of applications for alternative assessment accommodations by the multi-disciplinary team of Jan Kriel School.

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Coordinating observation periods in collaboration with the WCED.

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Motivation of assessment accommodations for formal approval by the WCED.