Welcome to Counselor's Corner!
Elementary Counselor's Mission Statement:
"In cooperation with parents, staff and community, the counselor will provide developmental, educational, preventative and responsive services with the intent of encouraging and supporting the lifelong development of the personal/social, academic, and career growth of each student.”
Hello! I'm your school counselor Mrs. Simcox.
I can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will have limited email access during the summer. Please contact your elementary school office with questions and concerns.
Have a Safe, Healthy, and Happy Summer!!!
Highlighted Children's Resources for the Pandemic:
A YouTube story on social distancing for young children: Time to Come In, Bear
A YouTube story on Worrying: When I Feel Worried
A Fun and Meaningful Conversation Tool for Families: Good Night Glow Cubes Activity
Need Assistance? Check out the Resources Page for Some Great Tips and for Community Resources.
“It is only natural that we and our children find many things hard to talk about. But anything human is mentionable and anything mentionable can be manageable. The mentioning can be difficult and the managing too, but both can be done if we’re surrounded by love and trust.”-Fred Rogers
Quick Tips For Parents Regarding the Corona Virus-
Children react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.
Not all children respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for in children:
- Excessive crying and irritation
- Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (e.g., toileting accidents or bedwetting)
- Excessive worry or sadness
- Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
- Irritability and “acting out” behaviors
- Poor school performance or avoiding school
- Difficulty with attention and concentration
- Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
- Unexplained headaches or body pain
- Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
There are many things you can do to support your child:
- Take time to talk with your child about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child can understand.
- Reassure your child that they are safe. Let them know if is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
- Limit your child’s exposure to media coverage of the event. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
- Help your child to have a sense of structure. Once it is safe to return to school or child care, help them return to their regular activity.
- Be a role model; take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members and rely on your social support system.
Learn more about helping children cope.
For More Resources Check Out My Resources Page
In light of many high profile tragedies in the news, it can be difficult to know how to speak with our children about them. I hope you find the following resources helpful.
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world." -Fred Rogers