Social and emotional wellbeing are essential to your child's academic success. My job is to help support your child's academic, personal, emotional and social development.
- Classroom presentations
- Group counseling (for example, Zones, study skills,anxiety)
- Brief solution-focused counseling
- Parent consultation
- Community resource referrals
- Consultation should your child need an ISP
* Please not that school counselors do not provide long -term or traditional therapy or counseling.
Referrals for outside counseling services are available for children needing more traditional therapy.
PARENTS, I AM HERE TO HELP YOU WITH:
- Exploring ways to help your child succeed
- Making referrals for community sources
- Understanding the developmental changes of childhood
I CAN ALSO:
- Supply reference materials
- Provide information to help understand your child's special needs.
- Explain the results of specialized assessments
STUDENTS, I AM HERE TO HELP YOU WITH:
-Working out friendship problems
- Setting goals
-Working well with others
- Feeling good about yourself
- Adjusting to a new school
- Learning how to make decisions
- Managing your feelings (stress, worry,anger,etc.)
- Dealing with peer pressure and bullying
Socializing with the Kindergartens
Over the past 3 months, I have been working with Mme Micha and her kindergarten class to learn important social skills. We have been learning to identify thoughts and feelings and have been learning the importance of following the group plan. Students have also been learning how you can read other people's thoughts by their nonverbal cues.
Thinking Positive with the Grade 5's
During December and January, Mme Devigne will be working with the Grade 5's in developing positive thinking. Students will learn to identify a variety of types of negative thoughts. They will then learn strategies to replace these negative thoughts with neutral or positive thoughts.
Studying it up with the Grade 6's
The Grade 6 students have also been working with me this month on learning study skills. Students have learned to break down and plan out their homework and studying. They then learned how to organize a study space at home that has limited distractions. Finally, students learned tips and techniques to studying and tips and techniques on taking tests. The links provided are some of the video clips watched in class to help teach these tips.
How to organize study spaces
Test taking skills
Groups are organized throughout the year, to help support students that require extra support. Group counselling is a great way to for students who are having similar difficulties to share their problems, solutions and strategies. It is often reassuring to know that they are not alone and that other students have similar problems.
Many groups have been started in December, here are some of the groups that we are currently offering.
Récré-Amis is a student leader led group where Grade 5 and 6 students lead recess activities with the Grade 1, 2 and 3 students. Grade 1 to 3 students will have the opportunity to learn new games and to acquire new social skills through this group.
The Zones of Regulation group, which is being offered to selected students in grades 1 and 2, is designed to help students develop social-thinking and self-regulation skills.
Social-thinking is the combination of our understanding of social situations, our collective social expectations which then relate to our thoughts, the thoughts of others, our behaviours, the behaviours of others, and all the attendant reactions into every human interaction. Being a good social thinker means we appreciate what our place is when interacting with others, and what their place is when interacting with us. Throughout these sessions, we will be reading various books together, singing songs, creating art and playing a variety of games.
In addition to addressing social-thinking skills, the students will learn about self-regulation. Self-regulation can go by many names, such as self-control, self-management, and impulse control. It is defined as the best state of alertness of both the body and emotions for the specific situation. For example, when a student plays on the playground or in a competitive game, it is beneficial to have a higher state of alertness. However, that same state would not be appropriate in the library. The lessons and learning activities are designed to help the students recognize when they are in different states of alertness as well as learn how to use strategies to change or stay in the zone they are in.
The Friendship Club, which is being offered to selected students in Grade 4, is designed to provide students the opportunity to discuss and learn to deal with social issues and situations that students often face.
In the New Year, I am also planning on starting Tool Box Friday where students can come and learn a new strategy to help regulate emotions. We are planning on making Glitter Calm Down jars, stress balls and breathing bubbles.