Ms. Chandler's Counseling Corner

Autism Awareness Month - April 2021

Dear Families,

Happy April! We are getting close to the end of the school year.

April is all about Autism Awareness. I will be spreading some love and awareness within this newsletter, as well as sharing some Toolbox information. On March 25th, the three elementary school counselors did a second Toolbox parent support night presentation. That presentation was posted to Class Dojo on March 29th. Remember, Toolbox is being taught in K-2nd grade. Because the older grades don't have access to these tools, it is important that we remind them of these tools that we have within ourselves.

Social-Emotional Learning is for you as much as for your students; a time to take a deep breath, find balance, and then help your students find theirs.

Thanks for all that you do.

In addition to addressing peers, it is also important to reach out to families. Many parents will not have had experience with autism, and may not understand or have the tools they need to appropriately support their children in fostering relationships with children who seem different. Involving the overall school community will build awareness and sensitivity and benefit everyone involved. We are in this together, for the children!

Lastly, it is important to remember that SEL begins with us.

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Parent Support Night Presentation (previously recorded)

The third presentation for Toolbox will be posted on the school website and on Class Dojo on April 22, 2021. We know that the end of that week is Desert Storm and that it holds an important place in the community. We want to make sure you enjoy your time & are able to learn about these tools on your own time.

Garbage Can Tool AND Listening Tool

We are doing the Garbage Can tool in April and starting the Listening Tool as well and the Listening tool will lead us into May.

Garbage Can Tool: Sometimes the best choice is to throw harmful words away. Sometimes we need to listen more carefully to what is behind the words.

Listening Tool: Listening with one's heart is the key to strong relationship and conflict resolution, bringing us to empathy.

Toolbox Lesson: Garbage Can Tool

Sara Chandler

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out.