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December Coffee with the Counselor Event

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This school year, I’m offering monthly Coffee with the Counselor events at my school on the first (or second!) Friday of each month. Coffee with the Counselor mornings will provide an informal opportunity for parents & caregivers to discuss issues related to child and adolescent development, mental health, social & emotional development, and general well-being. I’ll share interesting resources and recommend readings on selected topics, to inspire discussion within the group.

On December 6th, we’ll be focusing on stress & anxiety in young people.  We’ll look at the brain-basics of why kids worry and discuss how to use our knowledge of the brain to counter the repetitive negative thoughts that can create worry and anxiety.
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RECOMMENDED ONLINE ARTICLES
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RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR ADULTS
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RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR KIDS
Worry Says What? by Allison Edwards
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The Girls Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett & Gary Rubenstein
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In January, we will welcome Dr. Christina Gorigoitia of West End Counseling & Wellness, LLC who will lead a discussion on the topic of Depression in Young People.  Dr. Gorigoitia will talk about signs and symptoms of depression in young people, including what to watch for, how to support kids, and when to seek professional help.
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Teaching Feelings Literacy to Young Students

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Every Fall and Winter, I focus on cultivating self-awareness and self-regulation skills in my youngest students through interactive, engaging activities.  In this lesson–one of my perennial favorites–my 4-5 year old students are practicing using facial cues to recognize & differentiate feelings.  With a little bonus empathy development (e.g. “Why do you think the snowman might be feeling confused?), cooperative play, and a literacy component, this one is a keeper!

Click below to view video:

SNOWMAN FEELINGS ACTIVITY

November Coffee with the Counselor

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This school year, I’m offering monthly Coffee with the Counselor events at my school on the first (or second!) Friday of each month. Coffee with the Counselor mornings will provide an informal opportunity for parents & caregivers to discuss issues related to child and adolescent development, mental health, social & emotional development, and general well-being. I’ll share interesting resources and recommend readings on selected topics, to inspire discussion within the group.

On November 8th, we’ll be taking a look at Executive Functioning skills in kids–what they are, what role they play at school and home, and how we can help build “thinking brain” skills in kids who may lag behind in one or more areas. Recommended resources can be found here.
The December Coffee with the Counselor will feature a discussion on worry in young people.  We’ll look at the brain-basics of why kids worry and discuss how to use our knowledge of the brain to counter the repetitive negative thoughts that can create worry and anxiety.
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RECOMMENDED ONLINE ARTICLES
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RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR ADULTS
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RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR KIDS
Worry Says What? by Allison Edwards
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The Girls Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett & Gary Rubenstein
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What do Bullying Prevention & the Scrunchie Have in Common?

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I did not see this one coming…but love the fact that my work in the field of bullying prevention is connected to the rise and fall of the scrunchie in this roundabout way 🙂

 

Check out this article on VOX to make the connection!

 

 

Parenting the Challenging Child

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Here’s what one reader just said about my newest book, Parenting the Challenging Child:

Amazon Customer·October 5, 2019

5.0 out of 5 stars

Changed our Family Dynamics!

As an school administrator and mother of four I often have more patience for other children than my own. In my home I am typically quick to respond with decisions and punishment. This book has me parenting differently and, as a result, has brought peace and a lot more hugs and snuggles to our household. It’s a quick read and can be applied immediately. I often find myself referring back to the SOS Intervention and and repeating “nothing comes from nothing” to make me focus on using the conflict cycle to determine the real source of stress. It has been so helpful to me, we are now considering holding a parent workshop and getting this tool for parents. Thank you!

Get your copy at https://www.lsci.org/product/parenting-the-challenging-child-the-4-step-way-to-turn-problem-situations-into-learning-opportunities/

October Coffee with the Counselor Resource List

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This school year, I’m offering monthly Coffee with the Counselor events at my school on the first Friday of each month. Coffee with the Counselor mornings will provide an informal opportunity for parents & caregivers to discuss issues related to child and adolescent development, mental health, social & emotional development, and general well-being. I’ll share interesting resources and recommend readings on selected topics, to inspire discussion within the group.

On October 4th, we’ll be talking about The Gift of Failure and how parents can cultivate the skills kids need to tolerate frustration, persist through uncomfortable emotional states, and pick themselves up whenever they fall…or fail.
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In November, we’ll be taking a look at Executive Functioning skills in kids–what they are, what role they play at school and home, and how we can help build “thinking brain” skills in kids who may lag behind in some areas.  We’ll talk age-appropriate chores as well as supports that help kids thrive.
RECOMMENDED ONLINE ARTICLES
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RECOMMENDED BOOKS
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Planning Isn’t My Priority (and other Children’s books by Julia Cook)

Coffee with the Counselor Resource List

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This school year, I’ll be offering monthly Coffee with the Counselor events at my school on the first Friday of each month. Coffee with the Counselor mornings will provide an informal opportunity for parents & caregivers to discuss issues related to child and adolescent development, mental health, social & emotional development, and general well-being. I’ll share interesting resources and recommend readings on selected topics, to inspire discussion within the group.

To kick of the 2019-2020 year, here are some of the articles I hope can help all of us work together to build a caring community for children.  Don’t be put off by the prevalence of the word “fail” in the titles below: these resources make a compelling case for cultivating the skills kids need to tolerate frustration, persist through uncomfortable emotional states, and pick themselves up whenever they fall…or fail.  Looking forward to talking about these in October!
ONLINE ARTICLES
BOOKS

Resource Home Evaluator Comments on New Training for Parents

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Late last month, I had the opportunity to offer a 2-hour training based on my new book, Parenting the Challenging Child, to a large group of families offering kinship care through Northampton County’s Children, Youth & Families Division.  Kelly Brelsford, the Resource Home Evaluator who arranged the training event, generously shared this feedback:

Thank you, Kelly, for your kind words and for providing the opportunity to share LSCI Skills with your families!  It was an honor to spend the morning interacting with such a dedicated and loving group of caregivers, interested in doing whatever they can to support and nourish the kiddos in their care.

To learn more about the LSCI Skills for Parents & Caregivers training programs, click here!

If you are interested in purchasing the 2-hour curriculum to offer it within your organization, please email me at signewhitson@lsci.org

Keeping Kids Safer Online

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Looking forward to presenting Strategies to Keep Kids Safer Online at the ASCA Conference here in Boston this afternoon!  So grateful and giddy to see my 8 Keys to End Bullying books featured in the Exhibit Hall bookstore!

 

 

 

Helping Kids Cope with Stressful Situations

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I have been so blessed and honored to travel to great schools and organizations and to work with professionals, parents, and kids on strategies for managing anger, anxiety, stress and conflict.  It would be impossible for me to pick a favorite place…but Camp Gold Arrow has got to be way, WAY up there.  I loved the people, the setting, and the belief in nurturing the well-being of children.  I love their commitment to educating staff on how to best support campers and their insight that #relationshipsmatter.  I’m grateful for the wonderful experience at GAC and happy to share their great programming with you!

 

Here’s a post they shared about the training I offered to their staff this past weekend.

Psychologist Signe Whitson Trains Our Staff

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