The School Social Worker/Family Support Specialist conducts the social/emotional assessment during Initial and Triennial staffings. A social history is obtained by utilizing one or all of the following techniques: parent questionnaire, parent interview, and record review. Social histories are used to evaluate the impact of cultural factors, mobility, family stresses/changes and other external factors on the student’s academic and social achievement. To be employed as a School Social Worker, one must have a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
Additionally, formal assessment tools may be used to assess adaptive functioning and social functioning in the home, school and community. Social and emotional areas assessed are friendships, response to adults, adaptability, daily living skills, emotional concerns and behaviors as they impact the child’s ability to learn in the school setting. Significant peer conflicts, depression, anger, or other conditions are assessed for their impact on learning.
The School Social Worker/Family Support Specialist helps parents and students understand special education processes, terms, transition issues, and legal issues related to IEP’s.
The School Social Worker/Family Support Specialist addresses social and emotional conditions by consulting with school staff, assisting in the development of behavior plans, making community referrals, and providing direct counseling services as determined by the IEP Team. They also assist with the transitioning of students from high school to work or college through agency collaboration.
The School Social Worker/Family Support Specialist also leads or participates on a variety of teams including the Autism Team, BEST Team, Statewide Augmentative Alternative/Assistive Communication Team, Special Education Advisory Committee, English Language Learners, School-to-Work, and Behavior Coaching. They offer a variety of trainings related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Behaviors, School Wide Behavior Support Plans, Nonviolent Physical Crisis Intervention, Classroom Interventions, Transition, English Language Learners, Social Skill Development, and Parenting Skills.