Hart's Counselor Connection

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Hello Team Members,

I have created this electronic newsletter to share tips and tools that can help you foster and develop the social and emotional well-being of our Scholars! I hope that I am able to share some useful and worthwhile information with each of the BJ teachers!


Bibliotherapy, or book therapy, involves the systematic use of books to help people cope with their mental, physical, emotional, developmental or social problems. One of the main goals of bibliotherapy is universalization. This helps the students recognize that they are not the only one who feels a certain way. Bibliotherapy can help students to understand that he or she is not the first or the only one to face a specific problem or challenge. I would like to share some books that can be used in the classroom to develop students social and emotional awareness. These books can serve as a great addition to your classroom library. The also offer a great way to incorporate social and emotional learning into the work that you do each day.

Student Behavior

Behavior Interventions

Even though RtI teaching strategies and interventions are widely used, it is estimated that between 15 and 30 percent of students struggle to learn due to psychosocial problems which affect attention to and retention of material. For these students, as well as for all those in their classrooms, positive behavior support (PBS) is crucial to success. As your counselor, my role in the SST/RtI process is to assist you in developing behavior interventions that can be used within your classroom. When students don’t respond to proactive classroom management, the teacher should begin Tier 2 interventions, such as small group instruction in anger management, social interaction skills, how to follow directions or other needed skills to help them be successful in the classroom. You can also change the seating arrangement and proximity to peers who negatively influence a student, as well as seek help from other teachers, school counselors or parents. If a student does not respond to interventions from level two of the RTI framework, you should schedule an RtI meeting to assign more personal and individual behavioral interventions. Be sure to document all behavior interventions that are taking place!

Great website for behavior interventions are: www.pbisworld.com

and http://www.interventioncentral.org/

Sample Accommodations for Anxious Students: http://worrywisekids.org/node/40

Students and ADD/ADHD: http://www.ldonline.org/article/5911 and


Social Stories

Social stories are short descriptions of a particular situation, event or activity, which include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why.

Social stories have a huge range of applications, including:

  • to develop self-care skills (eg how to clean teeth, wash hands or get dressed), social skills (eg sharing, asking for help, saying thank you, interrupting) and academic abilities
  • to help a person understand how others might behave or respond in a particular situation, and therefore how they might be expected to behave
  • to help a person to cope with changes to routine and unexpected or distressing events (eg absence of teacher, moving house, thunderstorms)
  • to provide positive feedback to a person about an area of strength or achievement in order to develop self-esteem
  • as a behavioral strategy (eg. what to do when angry, how to cope with obsessions).

The following link provides a wide array of social stories that may be useful when dealing with various classroom behaviors: http://www.kansasasd.com/socialnarratives.php