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Jonathan Tiedeman


Welcome New & Returning Gehringer Families! Go Cubbies!

It is said that, “It takes a village” and as the School Psychologist/ Counselor/504 Plan Coordinator here at Gehringer Elementary, I am proud to say that Gehringer Elementary School has an exceptional team in place. The teachers, administration, parent community, and other support personnel are working hard to offer excellent support services for all students. Gehringer Elementary School’s team continues to nurture and meet the needs of all of our students through creating a positive school climate. Our team is vital in advocating for students’ success, encouraging resolution of conflicts, the management of behaviors and emotions, developing a strong sense of self-responsibility, expanding academic achievement, and preparing students for their future endeavors within the 21st Century.


As this year’s School Psychologist I will address the developmental and counseling needs of all students on campus, through evaluation of students and utilizing a comprehensive school counseling program which will address areas of academics (organization and time management), self-regulation, and personal/social development through classroom and small group guidance.  Evidence based and peer reviewed counseling curriculum will be utilized this year to introduce concepts and facilitate counseling/guidance sessions with our students.


I am also available to conference with parents, teachers and support staff and facilitate Student Study Teams (SSTs), and 504 Plan and IEP meetings.  If you would like more information about what school psychologists do, I invite you to visit the NASP website (


Finally, I consider myself fortunate to be working with your child/student this school year.  I am confident that they will learn much from our group counseling activities.  My door is always open for students and parents alike.


Please feel free to contact me or just say “Hi”, anytime. I look forward to working with you and your child!


Warmest regards,


Jonathan A. Tiedeman, M.Ed., Ed.S.
School Psychologist – Gehringer Elementary School High School

 (925) 625-7070 Ext. 208

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A little bit about Visual Processing...

Visual Processing affects how the brain perceives and processes what the eye sees. A visual processing disorder can cause difficulty in seeing the difference between two similar letters, shapes, or objects; or noticing the similarities and differences between certain colors, shapes, and patterns. These disorders can occur without any vision impairment. Like all learning disabilities, visual processing disorders can cause lifelong challenges with specific everyday tasks, such as putting things in sequence, copying numbers or words, remembering phone numbers, spelling, judging time, and reading maps.





  • Use books, worksheets and other materials with enlarged print.
  • Read written directions aloud. Vary teaching methods: written and spoken words; images and sounds.
  • Break assignments and chores into clear, concise steps. Often multiple steps can be difficult to visualize and complete.
  • Give examples and point out the important details of visual information (the part of a picture that contains information for a particular question).
  • Provide information about a task before starting to focus attention on the activity.  
  • Allow student to write answers on the same sheet of paper as the questions or offer opportunities for student to explain answers orally.
  • Provide paper for writing and math work that has darker or raised lines to make the boundaries more distinct.
  • Use a ruler as a reading guide (to keep focus on one line at a time) and a highlighter (to immediately emphasize important information).
  • Use a tape recorder to supplement note-taking.
  • Have a proofreading buddy for notes and essays.
  • Color-code important information.
  • Before writing letters or essays, create an outline to simplify and organize ideas.