Ms. Clark's Counseling Connection

Students learn about the 5 Point Scale!

During the first quarter students have been working on their own personalized 5 point scales. These scales helped them identify their emotional regulation level in addition to learning vocabulary to help them communicate their feelings to others. Students used pipe cleaners and beads to create an interactive model of the scale. The 5 point scale is a great way for teachers and parents to talk to children about a range of emotions and how to deal with them. For more information please go to www.5pointscale.com.

Coping Skills

When children understand their emotional regulation level, they can begin to use coping skills to help them stay calm and focused in class. Some examples of coping skills are deep breathing, stretching, taking a break, and talking it out. Visuals are always a good way to help remind children to try a coping skill. It is important to start using coping skills at a 2 or 3 on the scale, the goal is for the child to stay in control by not reaching a 5.

Meghan A. Clark, LICSW

Please call with any questions or for additional resources. The Counseling Connection will be published quarterly during the 2013-2014 school year.