About Jennifer Oden

Jennifer is the founder of School-Psychology.org and an active contributor. She helps facilitate the community and works with licensed professionals around the country to ensure that this website is making a valuable contribution towards helping youth, parents, and school professionals.

Loyola Marymount Los Angeles
Masters in School Psychology

University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A., Psychology

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Licensed Pupal Personnel Services

Contributor's Articles

Articles
Intellectual Disabilities

This article outlines the history of intellectual disabilities and how the working understanding has evolved over time. It further defines the prevalence, causes, and types of intellectual disabilities. read more...

Categories: Early Childhood Development, Developmental Milestones, Developmental Impairments, Intellectual and Cognitive Functioning, Learning Disabilities

Speech and Language Disorders

Understanding the elements of speech and language disorders is fundamental to helping students exhibiting these traits. This article covers the concepts to describe speech and language disorders and the characteristics that can be identified, as well as ways to help students with speech and language disorders. read more...

Categories: Early Childhood Development, Developmental Milestones, Sensory Development, Developmental Impairments, Learning Disabilities

Assessing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

Assessing students who are culturally and/or linguistically diverse can be challenging. This article covers aspects of acculturation, bilingual assessment and translation, and "Fair Assessment Procedures that can prove helpful in a diverse school setting. read more...

Categories: Special Education Assessment, The Assessment Process, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, Bilingual Assessment, Acculturation in Schools

How to Help Students Make Academic Progress

There are various theories around what best motivates students to learn. This article defines and summarizes a handful of the most widely used theories that can help teachers and parents set a student on a track to make clear academic performance with the right underlying motivations. read more...

Categories: Interventions, Academic Interventions, Motivation and Self-Efficacy, Special Education Assessment, Individual Education Plan IEP

Response to Intervention (RTI) in Archdiocesan Schools

This article discusses the use, or non-use, of the Response to Intervention (RTI) model in Archdiocesan schools and some of the considerations around implementation. It discusses further how STEP is essentially the Archdiocese’s answer to the public school’s RTI. read more...

Categories: Special Education Assessment, Individual Education Plan IEP, The Assessment Process, Ethics and Law, Section 504 and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)

Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Learning how to assess students and children who are experiencing emotional or behovioral stress is an important skillset for professionals and non-professionals alike. THis article explores the formal definitions posited by numerous bodies and provides practical insight that can be applied. read more...

Categories: Early Childhood Development, Behavioral Strategies, Interventions, Behavioral Plans, Psychological Impairments, Emotional Disturbance

Social Skills Interventions

Helping children and young adults develop robust social skills sometime requires strategic and thoughtful interventions on behalf of parents or professionals trained in social skills development. This article outlines some proven techniques and provides resources to assist in social skills interventions. read more...

Categories: Interventions, Social Skills Training

Group Counseling for Social Skills

Group counseling can be one of the most effective contexts for young people to develop social skills. This article outlines the research pointing to this conclusion and some effective techniques for engaging youth in need of furthering their social skills. read more...

Categories: Interventions, Social Skills Training, Counseling

Special Education Personnel and Procedures

Learn who the personnel are at a school who are involved with psychological assessment, implementation and planning of learning programs and the student support system. It also serves as a solid primer on student special education eligibility, individual education plans (IEPs), and services overview. read more...

Categories: Special Education Assessment, Individual Education Plan IEP, The Assessment Process

Developing Initiative in Youths

Developing initiative in youth is something that adults can help to expedite with the right techniques. This article explores the various mechanisms backed by compelling and helpful research on the topic from reputable psychologists. References are included for further reading. read more...

Categories: Early Childhood Development, Behavioral Strategies, Developmental Milestones, Interventions, Motivation and Self-Efficacy