Working with your psychologist through consultation and assessment will identify interventions. These may be particular programmes, teaching approaches, changes to the environment or signposting to other services or resources. Your educational psychologist can provide individual, group and class-based interventions that use evidenced-based psychological approaches and techniques or model and support school staff to provide these (dependent on training).
Individual and group level interventions
Below are some examples of the areas that interventions may be targeted towards:
- Literacy and numeracy
- Learning difficulties and style
- Social awareness and skills
- Emotional well-being
- Relationships and friendships
- Attention and concentration
- Sensory needs
- Motor development
- Therapeutic work
- Curriculum access
This may be at the individual child level, with groups of children or staff, or at the whole school level. Interventions may be discussed with the child and parent / carer as well as school as part of the plan.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) group interventions:
Friends for Life
Provided by the Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service, 'Friends for Life' is a 10 session programme designed to prevent and provide early intervention for anxiety and depression.
The activities are presented in a friendly, engaging manner and develop core emotional literacy skills through fun activities which are appealing to the age group for which the materials are designed, with different programmes for primary and secondary school pupils.
For those in Key Stage 1, the group intervention 'Zippy's Friends' offers similar support, providing straightforward materials and lesson plans to cover 24 weekly whole class sessions. There are six modules covering a range of topics:
- Making and breaking relationships
- Conflict resolution
- Dealing with loss and change
- We cope
You can download Zippy's Friends below
Whole school interventions
Targeted mental health in schools (TaMHS)
Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) is an example of a whole school intervention:
A suite of interventions, training and development support that promotes mental health and psychological well-being. TaMHS responses can be delivered to the individual child or young person, and individual adult who works with a young person, right through to groups and whole-school interventions.