School Psychology/Intellectual age

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Question
I think I read somewhere that between ages 17 and 19 are when a person's mind is at its sharpest. Does that seem true to you, or do you know of any research that suggests the truth of it?

Answer
It depends on how you define "sharp". 17- to 19-year-olds are probably sharpest when it comes to some things such as physical stamina, strength, reaction time, etc.

The prefrontal cortex is not fully developed until sometime in the mid-twenties on average. This area is responsible for decision making, considering options and consequences, social control, and goal setting and planning. Without this area fully developed, 17 to 19-year olds are not as good at these as older adults. Additionally, experience and education are huge factors in one's ability to reason, solve problems, and think critically. At some point, the mind does begin to decline. This time varies from person to person. It is dependent on lifestyle to some extent such as diet and exercise but also highly influenced by genetics.

So, in my humble opinion, a person's mind is sharpest somewhere between the ages of 40 and 65.  

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Morgan Potts

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I can answer most questions related to psychological evaluations including an explanation of the scores and the assessment measures. I can also answer most questions regarding special education eligibility, response to intervention (RtI), and recommendations and interventions for specific areas of disability including intellectual disability, learning disability, emotional and behavioral disorders, other health impaired, autism, and pervasive developmental disorder. I can also answer questions regarding Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and parent rights.I cannot determine if a child has a disability or not based on anecdotal information or assessment scores. I can also answer questions regarding the profession of School Psychology. I can tell you what School Psychologists actually do. I can also tell you about educational requirements though these differ somewhat by state.

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As a graduate student, I interned at a psychoeducational facility for students with severe emotional and behavioral disorders as well as other disorders including specific learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and autism. Following my internship, I was hired full-time there as a school psychologist and worked there for several years. Since then I have worked as a regular school psychologist in a district mostly completing psychological evaluations and consulting with the Student Support Team (SST). I currently work as a contract psychologist for several metro Atlanta counties.

Organizations
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) The Student Support Team Association for Georgia Educators (SSTAGE)

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My undergraduate degree is from the University of Georgia in Psychology. I have an M.Ed. and Ed.S. from Georgia State University. I recently completed my Educational Leadership Certificate at West Georgia University.

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