For those of you new to the district or unfamiliar with my role, the position is essentially that of an elementary school social worker.
Here's a quick summary of my counseling position:
- 8 LIFESKILLS lessons provided to 4th and 5th grade classrooms. These lessons are taught in September and October.
Those responsibilities include teaching 4th and 5th grade "LifeSkills" curriculum and facilitating "Banana Splits" groups. I routinely provide social/emotional support to students and families. The most common behavior patterns we see each year are: children with extra worries, struggles staying calm, struggles keeping focus and attention, difficulty with self-control and/or tempers and fits, indications of low self-esteem, and children with low motivation. In my experience, very few children mature without growing pains and occasional missteps. If there is any assistance I might provide, please do not hesitate to contact me. Intervening early is usually fairly simple. Please don't hesitate to call.