Why work with a Licensed Educational Psychologist?

brain350x282 There are less than 1800 licensed LEP’s in the state of California, so I would not be surprised if you have never heard of this licensure!An LEP is authorized by the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners to conduct private assessments, provide direct intervention services, to consult with schools and families, as well as make professional recommendations for individuals who may experience learning and behavioral problems, regardless of age.  These services may include statements of eligibility for special education, law or medical school accommodations, gifted/talented program placement, appropriate special education programs, tutoring or other remediation approaches, counseling goals, and to make specific psychoeducational diagnoses. Educational psychologists utilize a base of knowledge in the fields of education, developmental psychology, clinical psychology, and special education and bridge the gap between clinical psychology and education.  LEP’s are in a particularly good position to address clinical diagnostic categories, education law categories, and to serve as a liaison between families and other providers (counselors, other therapists, psychiatrists).