Elementary Guidance Program:
The elementary school counselor
serves the needs of all elementary students, to help them develop,
academically, socially and emotionally. The school counselor"s role is
constantly changing, reflecting the needs of the many people in our
school community; children, parents, teachers, and administrators. A
variety of services are provided:
Elementary counselors present regularly scheduled classroom lessons to
all students in grades one through five. Kindergarten lessons are
offered periodically throughout the year. The elementary guidance
curriculum is child-centered and developmental - in that it considers
the characteristics and needs of each age and grade level. The
curriculum encourages students to:
- develop positive self-image
- become more aware of the relationships between themselves and others.
- recognize their own needs and goals.
Individual Counseling Services
Elementary school counselors meet individually with students to provide
support for school-related issues. The counseling strategies vary with
each student"s needs and are provided on a short-term basis as
determined by the school counselor. Students can refer themselves to
the counselor or can be referred by parents, teachers, or other school
Group Counseling Services
Elementary school counselors meet with small groups of students on
various topics. Topics are determined by the children"s needs and
School counselors, parents, and teachers work together to support children.
Elementary school counselors work with parents:
- to exchange and gather information
- to provide recommendations; and
- to discuss parenting concerns
Elementary school counselors work with teachers, administrators, and other staff:
- to provide information, materials and referral assistance
- to address student needs, especially within the Instructional Support Team (IST); and
- to promote a positive learning environment.
Is it time to speak with the counselor?
Parents should feel free to call the counselor when they notice certain signs of potential problem in their child:
- You see a dramatic change in your child"s behavior. A happy child becomes withdrawn. A friendly child wants to be alone.
- There"s been a change in your family. A new marriage, a severe illness, a divorce or a new baby can all effect school work.
Your child begins acting out and fails to respond to your usual
methods of discipline. The behavior that you see at home may also be
occurring at school.