Embracing the Hectic Spring Season as a School Psychologist

Welcome Spring 2024! As a school psychologist, this time of the year can always seem the most hectic and crazy — let the assessments come rolling in. Forget about the warm weather, instead we scramble to meet deadlines, fiend for caffeine, and forget self-care. While this will likely never change, as it is the most popular time of the year for special education referrals, developing a system will help you keep track and organized. 


A system that has worked for me to keep track of the upcoming madness and is smooth sailing for me is:

  1. Create a cover sheet for you assessment folder
  2. On the same day the cover sheet is created, I send out all forms that need to be completed (developmental history, rating scales, interviews, etc). I write these all down on my form and dates that this was sent out, and adding a date for return on the forms is great too!
    • Pro tip: On each envelope addressed to individuals, include a "to" and "from" label on the outside, along with a return date at the bottom for a gentle reminder.
  3. That same day, I also prepare for testing. I get protocols and I put them inside that folder that I made for myself to keep track of everything. This saves from scrambling at the last minute and even having the protocol on hand.
  4. Now once things start to come in, or I complete them, I write those dates down on the cover letter. Cross off what you have completed — it feels so much better!
  5. Once we reach this point, it is now time to start testing and once I complete some testing and score it, I will input it right into the report. The same goes for interviews, rating scales, etc.
  6. At this point you will look at your report and be so thankful that you have completed so many things and have just a few items left to finish!

Now go grab a cup of caffeine and get started! Make sure to be ahead of these referrals and not in the dust working on your weekend! 

Good luck! 


Author: Elizabeth Vosseler, School Psychologist, M.A., PPS, Mental Health Certificate

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Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional advice. The content is based on the author's personal experiences, research, and opinions. It is always recommended to consult with a qualified professional or expert before making any decisions or taking action based on the information provided in this blog.

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