Preparing School Psychologists to Work With Early Childhood Populations

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 9,10
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. demarcate important topics of knowledge for serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  2. demarcate important skills for serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  3. analyze the strengths and weaknesses in their professional preparedness to serve infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  4. explain important personal characteristics and professional competencies for school psychologists serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  5. describe special interest areas important to serving infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.


This paper describes a research project to determine the extent to which school psychologists in the state of California are serving the infant, toddler, and preschool populations, as well as to ascertain the comprehensiveness of their knowledge and abilities preparation for serving these populations, considering graduate and post graduate training experiences. Contributions of various forms of professional preparation are discussed, as are personal characteristics, professional competencies, and special interest areas.



Meagan M. Guenther, Rio Elementary School District
Lynanne Black, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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