Meet the School Psychologist/Pre-K Counselor
Welcome new and returning parents to AAS! My name is Jay Carol Wilson (Dr. Jay). This is my second year at AAS working in all Divisions as the school psychologist. I am excited to have the routines under my belt, which will mean that I have more time to spend with your children. I am also dedicated to the Elementary Division as the counselor for Pre-K. My job is to help parents, teachers and students understand and facilitate the students’ learning and social/emotional needs so they can be successful in school.
I have an undergraduate degree in Human Development and a Ph. D. in school psychology. I have been working in international schools since 1985, primarily in Asia and Europe. I have also worked in public schools in the United States. Our three adult children all attended international schools as students. Therefore, I understand the concerns parents may have from a parent perspective. Our family usually moved every three or four years due to my husband’s career with the U.S. State Department.
As Pre-K counselor, my role is to help students transition to a full-day school environment. This often means starting school for the first time, or starting in a new school. Sometimes students need help in navigating peer relations. I am available for parents who have questions about their children’s development or would like some help with parenting concerns. In addition, I will be collaborating with the Pre-K teachers on instruction of the Personal, Social and Physical Education aspect of the PYP curriculum. I will be in each Pre-K class every other week to do a lesson related to the Personal, Social, and Physical Education curriculum.
What does the School Psychologist do?
Is a resource for parents by:
Discussing concerns about their child’s learning, social, emotional development and behavior.
By providing techniques that parents may use at home to improve learning and/or behavior.
By answering questions about the typical stages of development-what is within the range of expected behaviors.
Giving parents materials that may help them understand and manage specific issues.
Assists teachers in:
Understanding and meeting individual student learning, behavioral and social needs.
Providing guidance and counseling services for students.
Finding special help for students, when it's needed.
Planning units of study with preventative, personal/social themes that tie into the Units of Inquiry.
Tying the “Personal, Social and Physical Education” (PSPE) aspect of the PYP into all areas of learning.
Helps students by:
Counseling when they have issues that they want to discuss.
Teaching techniques to manage anxiety.
Offering social skills groups when peer problems arise.
Evaluating for learning needs when students continue to demonstrate minimal success after classroom intervention.
Works with teachers by:
Identifying learning strengths and weaknesses in the students and collaborating on differentiated programs to meet individual needs.
Sharing accommodations that have been successful for students.
Developing modifications in the program with the teacher when needed.
Consulting with teachers about whole classroom techniques that benefit all students.
Collaborates with the students' grade level counselors on:
Alerting to students’ testing accommodations
Helping students advocate for themselves
Please feel free to contact me at any time:
Office Telephone: +7 (495) 231-4488, extension 43030