Name: Ms. Lauren Scott, M. Ed.Title: Certified School Counselor, K-12Hello Hillside!
We are past spring break and into the homestretch! As the days get longer and warmer, I encourage the students to get outside and move their bodies to get the happy chemicals (serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine) flowing! Any kind of movement works so they can relieve some of the stress and tension that builds up during the day. Stress release also keeps their cortisol levels balanced which aides in better sleep, mood stabilization and healthy appetites. All good things!
Welcome Back! We have missed our students and families and are so happy to see your children's wonderful faces in class. I will continue to post articles and items of interest this year here as well as through Updates on Schoology. Please reach out via email at ScottL@tesd.net or 610-240-1504 if you have any questions or concerns about your student.
During these times of isolation, it makes sense that you might be considering opening up your tween girl's world a bit through social media. For many kids—both girls and boys—it can foster connection and social ties. But for a small subset of girls, like those who are especially vulnerable to the negative aspects of social media, research indicates that it's better to wait.
1. During the coronavirus crisis, the Child Mind Institute has been publishing daily tips from our experts to support families. Starting this week, as states begin to reopen, we will change the frequency to twice weekly, Mondays and Fridays and start to focus on reopening topics. And today we’d like to share with you our recent Facebook Live on another pressing issue: talking to kids about the racism, violence and unrest following the death of George Floyd.
Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the NewsWellness Tip for the DayFrom Child Mind Institute
MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES
Binging on snacks or TV may feel good in the moment but hurts you in the long run. Here are some tips for maintaining healthy habits:
Wednesday Tip for the DayFrom Child Mind Institute
- Plan nutritious meals
- Exercise regularly
- Try to get 8 hours of sleep
- Enjoy snacks in moderation
USE ‘EMOTIONAL DISTANCING’
It’s hard not to internalize the anxiety of others, especially with overwhelming updates from friends, phones and the news. Set healthy boundaries by:
Friday Tip for the Dayfrom Child Mind InstituteUSE ATTENTION TO MANAGE BEHAVIOR
- Taking a break from the news
- Turning off your phone notifications
- Waiting to reconnect until after you’ve decompressed
Kids will naturally crave attention while stuck at home all day. Parents can give attention thoughtfully to encourage good behavior:
Thursday Tip for the Dayfrom Child Mind Institute
- Give generous praise for being flexible.
- “Actively ignore" (don't acknowledge) minor problem behavior.
- Use time together as a motivator: “We can play a game if you do your schoolwork while I take this call.”
ENCOURAGE OPEN CONVERSATION
You may not feel like you have all the answers, but it’s important to encourage children to ask questions. Here’s how:
A story for kids about social distancinghttps://youtu.be/DA_SsZFYw0wTuesday Tip for the Day:from Child Mind InstituteFOCUS ON THE POSITIVE:
- Model calm behavior while providing information in a developmentally appropriate way
- Provide reassurance, empathy and encouragement in the face of uncertainty.
- For example, "I know things are different, but we will get through it together.
In this time, parents can manage anxiety (yours and your children’s) by remaining optimistic.
Monday Tip for the Day:From Child Mind Institute
- Remind the family that experts are working hard to contain the virus
- Don’t dwell on hypothetical worst-case scenarios
- Maintain agency over what you can control — meals, bedtime, homework, hugs.
KEEP YOUR SCHEDULES FRESH
When developing at-home schedules, try to alternate between activities kids enjoy (like playing or screen time) with less popular tasks (like chores or homework).
- Variety helps kids focus and gives parents a break.
- Remember, this also applies to your schedule: alternate between work and family time.
- Don't forget to give yourself some “me time.”
Monday 3/30/2020 Topic: Supporting Different Learning Styles at Home________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Week 1:I am thinking of all of you at this time and hoping you are all healthy and safe as you practice social distancing. This time can be very isolating and stressful as you manage your children’s wellbeing, education and entertainment all while trying to work and to manage your own wellbeing. Please know you are not out there alone. I am still here to support your family as best I can from afar!I have activities that are included in each grade level folder and will add to those once or twice a cycle. I will also send more ideas as well as videos and other visual activities from time to time. Please use what makes sense for your family and how you have planned for this time at home.I will keep adding material to my webpage. Under Counselor Corner there is a post about helping children deal with emotions.Please feel free to reach out to me via email and I can call you back as well. We use Microsoft Teams to make the calls and the number will be a 717 -431-7267. This is uncharted territory so we will work together to figure it out.Stay well!Grade: K-4Room: Counselor's OfficeEmail: ScottL@tesd.netPhone: 610-240-1504Fax: 610-240-1510