The Role of Bilingual School Psychologists in Early Childhood Settings

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 8,10
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 3: Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Competence in School Psychology

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. identify ways to expand the comprehensive services provided to young English Language Learners and align those services with the NASP 2020 domains of practice.
  2. articulate the current practices and needs of bilingual school psychologists working in early childhood settings.
  3. characterize the academic and social-emotional needs of English Language Learners in early childhood settings.


Bilingual school psychologists aim to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services that ensure nondiscriminatory practices. The increase of English language learners in early childhood settings highlights the need for early intervention services; however, the practice of bilingual school psychology in early childhood settings is not well known. This session will investigate results from a national survey examining the practices and needs of bilingual school psychologists in early childhood settings and outline implications for future research, practice, and graduate preparation.



Kenia G. Cruz, University of Texas at Austin
Kizzy Albritton, University of Texas at Austin


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