November 10, 2003 - Issue: Vol. 149, No. 162 — Daily Edition108th Congress (2003 - 2004) - 1st Session
HONORING SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS WEEK
(Extensions of Remarks - November 10, 2003)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E2289] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS WEEK ______ HON. STEVE ISRAEL of new york in the house of representatives Monday, November 10, 2003 Mr. ISRAEL. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize the work of school psychologists in Suffolk County, New York during the week of November 10, 2003. The children of Suffolk County have a natural desire and propensity to learn and the inalienable right to an education. It is imperative that our society supports the needs of children and youth and invest in education as our top priority. Children's mental health is closely linked to their successful learning and development. Schools must apply sound psychological principles to instruction, learning and oversight, cultivate children's intellectual, social and emotional development, meet the educational and developmental needs of culturally diverse student populations and promote prevention and early intervention to ensure students' achievement. Suffolk County schools must ensure a safe, healthy learning environment for all children and be able to recognize and respond to their emotional and psychological difficulties. Suffolk County school psychologists and other trained school-based professionals have the opportunity and ability to help parents identify and access needed community resources to help their children. Suffolk County school psychologists are leaders in delivering mental health services to children. It is appropriate that Americans recognize the important and vital role that school psychologists play in the personal and academic development of our Nation's children. ____________________