About Elementary School Counseling
The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family. Comprehensive developmental school counseling programs provide education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. Early identification and intervention of children’s academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes and skills that students acquire in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development during these elementary years serve as the foundation for future success.Source: American School Counselor Association, "Why Elementary Counselors?"
How Elementary Counselors Help
Classroom lessons address important preventative and developmental topics, including conflict resolution, bullying, academic skills, career, and personal safety, among others. Topics are determined by needs assessment data and teacher input and meet both state and national standards.
Small groups provide additional learning experiences, giving children the opportunity to build relationships, practice new skills, and learn through the support of group members. Small group topics vary widely and are determined by data and current need.
Individual counseling is offered on a short term basis for a variety of student concerns.
Consultation with parents and teachers is a critical part of the school counselor's role in advocating for students and helping them succeed.
School counselors help locate community resources for parents in search of information or services to help their child at home.