What is Educational Psychology?
Educational Psychologists are typically graduates in a relevant field, such as psychology, and have studied at higher level—generally acquiring a Doctorate in Educational Psychology. In order to work in the UK, educational psychologists must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). While many work in the education system, or do research in institutions such as universities, others work in clinical practice, and see both public and private patients, often when a child’s teachers and/or parents are concerned that the child may have special educational needs of one sort or another.
Educational psychologists can diagnose learning disabilities, including issues such as dyslexia and attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and can also help people with and without learning disabilities to maximise their learning potential by tailoring their approach to their specific needs. While educational psychologists typically diagnose and work with children, sometimes these conditions are also diagnosed in adults, and Educational Psychologists can have a very important role to play in adult education and in developing techniques to manage a learning disability and mitigate the impact it has on the individual’s life.
Applications of Educational Psychology
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