Barry Wasserman, School Psychologist LLC
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PHILOSOPHY & PRACTICE
I am eclectic in my approach;
one size does not fit all.
Children do not exist in isolation;
they are part of a family, school
It is difficult to parent a “typical” child;
it is harder with a child with special needs.
We don’t make mistakes on purpose.
We are doing the best we can.
I am married
with four children
Certified School Psychologist
CT, NY, NJ
National Association of School Psychologists
CT Association of School Psychologists
Being “fair” does not mean
children are all treated the same;
Being “fair” means each
child receives what he/she needs.
Use of rewards & punishment
is not always successful
in changing behavior,
- Parents and/or teachers do not fully understand
how to implement a system of consequences;
- Parents and/or teachers
are not consistent in
- Use of consequences is
simply not effective for
Response to misbehavior should be based on whether or not a child has the skills to behave and simply chooses not to ... or whether the skills
need to be taught, practiced and mastered.
Although neuro-psychiatric issues may complicate matters …
teaching children social skills, decision making and collaborative problem solving,
and then holding them accountable for the choices they make, is our best
“insurance” for a new generation of responsible citizens …
especially when implemented within an environment that fosters self-esteem.