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Thanks for checking out my blog! Holding true to Laurence’s “Total Child” values, I support students’ social and emotional development and growth proactively by immersing myself daily in their school world. I utilize relational, cognitive behavioral, and strengths-based approaches in my interventions, support, and consultations. Therefore, this blog is intended to highlight all kinds of strategies and supports that help your child thrive!

Warmly,
Dr. K.
School Counselor 

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Posts

The Power of Positive Attention

As humans, we're naturally more inclined to recognize mistakes, errors, and misbehavior in others, particularly our children. We also recognize the importance of learning opportunities, so when misbehavior is identified, it is instinctual for adults to want to point out and correct (often sternly) what children are doing wrong. Research indicates that giving attention to behavior you simply expect or want to see actually increases the likelihood of that behavior occurring again more than identifying what you want children to stop doing.

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Adjusting to Another Unique Return to School

Hi Laurence Community! While the return to school is likely an exciting time, it can also be very overwhelming and stressful for students and families alike. With ongoing change comes inconsistency and unpredictability, which, as I noted in a previous post, can make it hard to manage even the smallest of things. So, as I did for our previous return to school in person, I wanted to pass along some relevant articles, strategies, and support below that you can review on your own time. Hopefully these resources will help this process feel more manageable and go more smoothly.

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Dr. K's Corner: Smoothing the Return to In-Person Learning

Another post, another change -- this time, in-person learning! While this is a very exciting time for many of us, so much change still causes unsteadiness and unpredictability, which, in turn, can make it hard to manage even the smallest of things. To that end, I wanted to pass along some recent articles to review that might help the return to school process go a bit more smoothly.

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Managing the COVID Burnout

Now that the holiday spirit and festivities are behind us, the reality of the pandemic and all the challenges caused by it are now at the forefront of all of our minds once again. Additionally, the transition back into school mode after a vacation is typically a challenge for students. With a pandemic, this transition is even harder, and might last longer than usual.  Dr. K shares some articles and posts that might be worthwhile for you and your family to try to help make current life circumstances a little easier to manage. Click "Read More" for details.

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Holidays During the Pandemic

With Thanksgiving next week and the rest of the holiday season just around the corner, I wanted to re-share this article by the Child Mind Institute, which Mrs. Wolke included in her letter last week: Holidays During the Pandemic: Tips for reducing stress, helping kids cope, and making new traditions. This article underscores important considerations when it comes to planning for this different and unique pandemic holiday season. I hope you'll take a few minutes to read through this short article and begin the holiday prep that works best for you and your family.
 

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