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).
It is combined with various external services, including speech therapy, occupational therapy, family therapy, psychomotricity, psychotherapy, developmental paediatrics, neuropediatric and paedopsychiatry.
Taking into account the age required to start school, the Department implements individualised programmes to acquire, reinforce and consolidate specific skills in reading, writing and arithmetic.