What are the experiences of educational psychologists when working with adolescent girls in mainstream education with social communication difficulties? An exploratory study

The author undertook semi-structured interviews, to investigate the experiences of Educational Psychologists, in order to consider how their role can be adapted to support girls with social communication difficulties.

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The author undertook semi-structured interviews, to investigate the experiences of Educational Psychologists, in order to consider how their role can be adapted to support girls with social communication difficulties.

They found that multiagency working was felt to be essential in providing comprehensive support to this population. However, there were contradictory opinions around the most effective and appropriate way of forming multiagency working relationships. In some cases, the freedom and flexibility were valued, and how overlapping boundaries could allow each professional to fulfil a slightly different, individualised. In contrast, others felt blurred boundaries led to confusion and made multiagency working more difficult.

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