Kristina's Korner

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Welcome to Kristina's Korner, a space to learn about how I am putting my school counseling certification into practice with LE3 INC.


My philosophy is that children will leave our program better than they came in, that they'll learn something about themselves and about others. Students will have better character, self-esteem, confidence and empathy for others when they leave us. We are here to help kids become successful, independent individuals.


Q & A WITH MY BOSS!


ELLIE: What does your certification allow you to legally provide?

KRISTINA: I am certified in School Counseling grades K-12. This means that I can provide individual counseling, group counseling and implement classroom lessons to school aged children.


ELLIE: What do you focus on as a ASE Counselor?

KRISTINA:The three areas of focus within school counseling are social/emotional well-being, academic needs, and career readiness and planning.

ELLIE: What will you be able to provide to families and students? KRISTINA:Within LE3, I will be able to provide one on one services to children who need intervention. Interventions can include anything from behavior management, working on social skills, or just being someone for the child to talk to about any issues they may be dealing with. I will also be able to provide group counseling scenarios to children who would benefit from a peer group setting. An example of small group counseling is Banana Splits, a group for children of divorce.


ELLIE: What services will you be providing this summer?

KRISTINA:I am creating worksheets for the summer slide packets that focus on character traits and increasing social and emotional well-being. Each week will have a counseling theme that the students will work on in their packets and I will implement workshops to coincide with the theme during the day. Some of the counseling themes include teaching about teamwork, leadership, responsibility, empathy, respect, perseverance, emotions, as well as others.


Have you ever seen your child begin to show signs of an explosive outburst and wanted to get ahead of it before it bubbles over? Here are some of the tips our teachers use at sites to deescalate a situation that anyone can try at home too!


Step 1: Breathe & Think Before You Act When you start to see a negative behavior, take a deep breath and think about how you will respond. Observing the child’s body language and tone of voice will help you determine your course of action. Look for signs of an aggressive stance, sadness or off task indicators.


Step 2: Proximity & Validation Speak to the child calmly and quietly. Matching aggression with aggression is only going to escalate the situation. If there are other children around, whether that be a group of friends or siblings, ask the child to come to a different area to talk. Removing the audience can be a key factor in how the child reacts. Inquire about how the child is feeling in the moment. Understanding the emotion they are feeling will help you move forward. To reinforce that you are just trying to help the child get through this outburst, validate their emotions. Children are still learning how to regulate their emotions and have every right to feel what they are feeling. Simply acknowledging that the situation is upsetting the child will show empathy and your willingness to help.


Step 3: Give Options, Not Threats Offer the child options to get to your final goal. If there is something you are asking them to do (i.e. a chore or homework) make that mandatory but offer different ways to get there. Providing different options for getting the task done allows the child to think they have more of a choice in this situation and can help them feel more in control. Making threats will only escalate the situation. Focus on the positive things they ARE doing, like making eye contact or communicating/expressing their emotions.

Tell the child what you would like them to do, NOT what you want them to stop doing. A simple “Please lower your voice,” versus “stop yelling,” can make a difference in how the child reacts.


Step 4: Don’t Rush the Process

Once you say your peace and give the options, walk away and let the child make their choice. When all else fails, wait it out. If you act like you have all day, the situation is more likely to be better in a few minutes. Monitor the child from as far away as safely possible and make it appear as if you have other things to do.


Step 5: Follow up

When the child has calmed down, follow up on their decision. Praise them for the positive choice they made in a way that best suits their personality.

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