What is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, or LSSP? What is the difference between a LSSP and a psychologist? An LSSP is trained to evaluation children and adolescents’ behavioral, emotional, and social functioning in order to help them succeed academically. An LSSP can provide direct services such as behavioral interventions; therapy; consultation with teachers, parents and other professionals; and make recommendations for whether or not a child might qualify for special education services. Although sometimes LSSPs are referred to as school psychologists, in the state of Texas, legally one can only be referred to as a school psychologist if she is also a licensed psychologist.
A psychologist who is also an LSSP is able to conduct psychological and psychoeducational evaluations. With both areas of expertise, reports are written to meet expectations of school districts, with specific focus on recommendations. Often an LSSP will conduct observations at school when determined necessary and parents provide written consent. This is because it is important to observe how a child functions in different settings, such as during academic tasks or social situations, as well as structured versus more unstructured activities. LSSPs are trained to understand special education laws and policies, so they are in a unique position to help parents through the process.