Help me give my students a variety of counseling games and activities, aromatherapy diffusers and essential oils, singing bowl chimes, matte and gloss finishing spray, popcorn, a suggestion box, and mascot-themed items.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
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I am a school counselor in a pre-K through 5th-grade elementary school. I work primarily with students in grades three through five, providing whole-class lessons for all of my students, as well as individual and small-group counseling sessions for my at-risk students.
As a school counselor, I can attest to the veracity of the statistics provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (2017): that 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental health issue, that half of all mental health problems show first signs before the person turns 14 years of age, and that only 20% of children with diagnosable mental health issues receive the treatment they need.
These findings are consistent with research from the National Child Trauma Stress Network (2008) which notes that up to 25% of school-aged children are at risk of social, behavioral, and educational issues as a result of traumas that they have experienced. These figures suggest that in a class of 25 students, on average, five or six students would be considered at-risk socially, emotionally, and/or academically. It is imperative that I put strategies in place to support these children.
The requested items will fill a variety of needs in my school counseling program. The suggestion box allows a private way for students to request time with me, and the aromatherapy items and singing bowl chimes will make my office more welcoming. The popcorn snacks are for kids who are hungry during the school day.
The Conversation Cubes, Coping Skills and Solution-Focused Counseling Bundles, and other counseling activities will be used in my work with at-risk students in small-group and individual counseling.
These activities provide engaging, hands-on, and fun ways to help students learn the social-emotional skills that will allow them to be more successful in school and in their relationships with peers and adults.
The Design Master finishing sprays are needed to replenish supplies in my Social-Emotional Makerspace. This space has a variety of hands-on activities that give students who need it time to calm down so that they can then more fully engage in the solution-focused counseling approaches mentioned above. In this case, the finishing sprays are used when students paint "reminder rocks" with positive messages that they can carry in their pockets or backpacks, or place in their desks.
Through my SEL makerspace and individual and small-group counseling sessions, students and I are able to address the social-emotional concerns that might otherwise derail students' academic success, and my students are able to return to class with renewed motivation and a sense of self-efficacy, ready to persist in pursuing their academic goals.
Last, my peer tutors need the mascot-themed items to fill goodie bags for their study buddies. The at-risk students served by the peer tutors do better academically because they are befriended by someone who cares about them. The peer tutor program has become an essential offering in the menu of interventions we use with struggling students.
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