Office Hours: During the School Closure due to COVID-19, I will be holding regular office hours every Monday at 9:00 a.m. Please feel free to email me to schedule a phone call during this time, or reach out to me any time with email. I will be checking my email regularly and frequently each day.
My name is Mikael Olson, and I am a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. I grew up in Butte, Montana. I graduated with High Honors from the University of Montana in 2002 and have a B.S. in Psychology with a Minor in Human and Family Development. My graduate training was completed through Seattle University, and I finished in 2006, earning an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology and a Masters of Education in School Counseling. I have been with the Issaquah School District since the 2005-2006 school year.
Living a full life involves so much more than services and systems. It’s about relationships, community, and growing throughout all stages of life. Rather than view a person with intellectual/developmental disabilities as wrapped in services, we see the potential of individuals rooted in community resources and supports. Services are an important part of that vision, but they are not the sole focus. Informing Families is a resource provided by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council, in collaboration with the Developmental Disabilities Administration and other partners throughout the state. We offer trusted news and information to individuals and families that empowers them to be active participants in planning and building a network of support and opportunities.
ISD Special Education and IEP Information: http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/district/departments/SpecServices/Process/IEP
Issaquah Special Services:https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/district/departments/SpecServices
Issaquah PTSA Special Education Committee:http://www.issaquahptsa.org/programs/special-education
Bullying - Resources and Reporting: http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/family/bullying
School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students.
School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education, completing a minimum of a specialist-level degree program (at least 60 graduate semester hours) that includes a year-long supervised internship. This training emphasizes preparation in mental health and educational interventions, child development, learning, behavior, motivation, curriculum and instruction, assessment, consultation, collaboration, school law, and systems. School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by the National Association of School Psychology (NCSP). The National Association of School Psychologists sets ethical and training standards for practice and service delivery.
School Psychologists Work With Students and Their Families to:
School Psychologists Work With Teachers to:
Link to the ARC of King County Resource Guide:
National Association of School Psychologists - link to "Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19"
Washington State Association of School Psychologists - link to "Tips for Caregivers on Schooling at Home"