Student Services Newsletter

Wilson Area School District - FALL 2021

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Back to School Resources! Strategies for Parents to Increase Student Motivation

It can be extremely challenging to keep kids motivated during this time. The good news is there are simple strategies parents can use at home to increase motivation and engagement following these 4 simple strategies:

Strategy #1: Provide Choice

Strategy #2: Provide Praise

Strategy #3: Problem Solving

Strategy #4: Goal Setting

Click HERE to learn more on these strategies and watch the video below!

Top 4 Strategies to Increase Student Motivation: What Every Parent Should Know | USVI | April 14, 21

CONCERN- School Based Outpatient Counseling Program


Our school-based program targets elementary and secondary-level students with emotional and/or behavioral needs. Students can be referred for services by either school personnel and/or parents.

Students receiving therapy within the school are much more likely to consistently participate in treatment than those who must travel to an outside facility during after-school hours.

School-based therapists capitalize on students’ existing academic and social networks by observing and treating clients within their natural environment.

For information on a referral for school based outpatient counseling with CONCERN, please contact your child's school counselor.

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Transition from Work to School- OVR

Any high school student with a disability who may need vocational guidance and assistance in preparing for, obtaining, or maintaining competitive employment should be considered for referral to the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). Students who have an Individualized Educational Program (IEP), a 504 Plan, or who are involved with a school's Student Assistance Program may be appropriate referrals to OVR.

More information on completing an application for OVR can be found here.

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Local Task Force

The Local Task Force serves as a resource for children with all disabilities and their families in 13 school districts, including Wilson Area School District. The role of the Local Task Force is to assist parents of students with special needs in understanding the laws/regulations that affect their rights and help develop an appropriate education for the student with special needs.

If you would like to learn more about the task force, feel free to contact the task force communication line via:

Phone: 610-515-6449


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Does your child struggle with Anxiety?

Anxiety is a common problem affecting children and adolescents at home and school and can cause significant problems in personal, social, and academic performance. Often, it is not easy to identify, or it may be mistaken for another problem, such as attention deficits, low ability, or lack of motivation. Left unidentified and untreated, it can worsen over time, causing more problems into adolescence and adulthood. Parents and teachers can be major sources of support for anxious children, helping to reduce the negative effects of anxiety and encouraging progress.

Not all children will show all signs or show the same signs to the same degree, but a stable pattern that interferes with performance may be cause for concern.

The usual signs of anxiety differ between the anxious and non-anxious child primarily in degree, and may be shown in one or more of the following ways:

  • Excessive or atypical for age or developmental level
  • Inappropriate or excessive for the situation on a frequent basis
  • Have persisted for several weeks or months

Signs of Anxiety can include:

  • Concentration problems
  • Memory problems
  • Attention problems
  • Problem-solving difficulties
  • Worry
  • Restlessness
  • Fidgeting
  • Task avoidance
  • Rapid speech
  • Irritability
  • Withdrawal
  • Perfectionism
  • Lack of participation
  • Failing to complete tasks
  • Seeking easy tasks
  • Stomach discomfort
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Flushing of the skin
  • Perspiration
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleeping problems
  • Nausea

Home-Based Interventions
Because anxious children also tend to demonstrate these patterns at home, parents can do much to help. Some suggestions include:

  • Be consistent in how you handle problems and administer discipline.
  • Be patient and be prepared to listen.
  • Avoid being overly critical, disparaging, impatient, or cynical.
  • Maintain realistic, attainable goals and expectations for your child.
  • Do not communicate that perfection is expected or acceptable.
  • Maintain consistent but flexible routines for homework, chores, activities, etc.
  • Accept that mistakes are a normal part of growing up and that no one is expected to do everything equally well.
  • Praise and reinforce effort, even if success is less than expected. Practice and rehearse upcoming events, such as giving a speech or other performance.
  • Teach your child simple strategies to help with anxiety, such as organizing materials and time, developing small scripts of what to do and say to himself or herself when anxiety increases, and learning how to relax under stressful conditions.
  • Do not treat feelings, questions, and statements about feeling anxious as silly or unimportant.
  • Often, reasoning is not effective in reducing anxiety. Do not criticize your child for not being able to respond to rational approaches.
  • Seek outside help if the problem persists and continues to interfere with daily activities.

To learn more about anxiety, feel free to visit an online training module at:


FREE COVID19 Vaccine Walk-In Clinic

Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 5pm

2400 Firmstone Street

Easton, PA

We will hold a Free Walk-In Covid19 Vaccine Clinic at WAIS and WAHS Open House night. Click HERE for more information.

Important WASD Student Services Upcoming Dates

  • 8/30/21- First Student Day!
  • 9/2/21- WAIS Open House & COVID19 Vaccine Clinic
  • 9/15/21- WAHS Open House & COVID19 Vaccine Clinic
  • 9/29/21- WAHS Financial Aid Night
  • 11/3/21- End of 1st marking period

These dates are tentative and may change due to the school closure that is taking place.

** all school events can be viewed on the District Website calendar by clicking the district website button below**