Lori A. Hunt, LPSC, LPC – School Counselor
Welcome back to an exciting school year. I am the new counselor here at Jefferson Elementary. I would like to share with you my role as a school counselor. First and foremost, I am here to help your student be successful in school as well as at home and in the community. Throughout the year I will be posting different parenting information on a variety of topics which will aid you in your parenting role. I will be engaging in various counseling delivery systems. I will utilize:
Individual Counseling: I will be meeting one on one with the student. We will work together to develop academic, social, and emotional strategies to help overcome the difficulty or issues the student is experiencing. Small groups are a great way to work on a common issue students are experiencing. Small groups allow the students to realize his/her peers are having similar difficulties and they can help each other develop coping strategies in a safe and respectful place. Some small groups are homework completion, organizational problems, grief, anger, and friendship. Classroom guidance lessons allows me to strengthen the Leader in Me curriculum as well as present relevant lessons which enrich the students social and emotional coping skills.
I am available for parent conferences throughout the school week. Please call ahead and set up an appointment.
Tips for helping your student have a successful year:
- Establish a routine for the morning, after school and bedtime. By having a routine, children know what is expected of them and what to expect. Routine gives them a sense of security. Having a routine does not mean you cannot be spontaneous and adventurous at times with your child, but it gives them stability.
- Communication is vital between parent and child. Your child needs a listening ear to hear the great things they are doing as well as the difficulties they are experiencing. By establishing open communications with your child now will help to build a strong relationship to weather the storms of teenage years later. Ask your child what was the best thing that happened at school today and celebrate those moments with them. If there was anything that concerned them, talk to them about it. Remember though children can put a spin on things so it is important to get all the facts before making assumptions. Many times as parents we can help frame things in a positive light so a child can see a difficulty as challenge instead of a negative thing. Communicating with your child’s teacher will help you stay on top of what is happening in the classroom. By working with their teachers can show a student we are all on here to support them.
- Become involved with school activities is a great way to show your student how important his/her education is to you. It is an excellent way to become acquainted with other parents, teachers and administrators.
- Research has shown reading with your student will help them achieve academic success. Spending as little as 15 to 20 minutes reading with your child will aid them in gaining a higher vocabulary, their memory and reading ability. A good book can produce rich conversation between you and your child. It is a great way to end the day.
- Healthy eating and exercise makes everyone feel fabulous including our children. Start their day out right with a healthy protein rich breakfast, it will help them be ready for learning. Offer fresh fruits and vegetables in their lunches and for afternoon snacks. Lean meats, vegetables, pastas, and fruit make excellent evening meals.