The Child Psychology Department is made up of a multidisciplinary team that acts on the relationships that are established within the school, bearing in mind that, throughout their school years, any student may present issues that require specific attention or differentiated educational strategies.
Its main areas of intervention include evaluations that characterise intellectual, neuropsychological, behavioural, emotional and pedagogical functioning (reading, writing and calculation). The Department provides emotional support in situations that significantly interfere with the student’s academic performance and personal well-being. If considered beneficial, the department may refer the student to an external clinic and/or psychotherapeutic intervention. The Department also gives the student specialised pedagogical support in the face of specific learning problems, promoting equity in favour of discrimination in access to the curriculum. Support extends to educators/teachers, parents and legal guardians, in the context of educational activities, and aiming success at school as well as adequate educational responses, the implementation of structured programmes as a response to specific needs (group or individual).
With the transition from primary to junior school, the acquisition of adequate study methods and habits becomes essential for school success. The ability to study does not arise spontaneously – rather, it is the result of a dynamic process between the student, the teachers and the parents. Therefore, the Child Psychology Department promotes the implementation of a Study Methods and Techniques Programme.
This is a facilitating tool for the learning process, which aims to help students to study, with the possibility of becoming progressively more autonomous and to have successful and productive learning moments, both inside and outside the school context.