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Helping children with learning difficulties
Brad and Joyce Trottman have worked in the public school system in California as school psychologists. Joyce has experience as a school psychologist and a special education teacher while Brad has experience as a school psychologist as well as a district office special education administrator. Prior to their retirement they both felt the need to use their training and unique skill sets to help international Christian workers identify the learning needs of their children. Many workers that might otherwise return to their country of origin are now able to stay working in their respective country with appropriate interventions and educational tools to help their children learn at a developmentally appropriate pace using their gifts that God has given them.
The needs of children often open tender places in parents. Brad and Joyce feel a deep sense of service to enter into difficult realities that arise in families when one or more members are struggling. Educational needs provide an avenue of joining with folks as they journey, challenging the assumptions they have about life and God and inviting them to a deeper union with Him.
What is a School Psychologist?
Psychology is a broad term that can be easily misunderstood. For example, most people think a psychologist is someone who counsels or directs another with a mental health problem. However, a School Psychologist works to find individual help for a child that is having difficulty learning at the same pace as their peers. School Psychologists use many different strategies to identify and address individual student learning needs.
School Psychologists work with students to:
- Provide increased achievement by assessing barriers to learning and determining the best instructional strategies to improve learning.
- Promote wellness and resilience by reinforcing communication and social skills, problem solving, emotional difficulties, executive functioning deficits and optimism.
- Identify learning problems and behavior problems that interfere with academic success.
- Evaluate eligibility for special education services.
- Teach parenting skills and enhance home-school collaboration
- Provide an understanding of a child’s learning abilities.
- Help parents with educational interventions.