Student Services Newsletter
Wilson Area School District - FALL 2021
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!
School Mental Health COVID19 Resources From Other Organizations
CONCERN- School Based Outpatient Counseling Program
WE WANT TO HELP STUDENTS DISCOVER THEIR GREATNESS BY PROVIDING TRADITIONAL OUTPATIENT THERAPY WITHIN THE SCHOOL WALLS.
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.
Transition from Work to School- OVR
More information on completing an application for OVR can be found here.
Local Task Force
If you would like to learn more about the task force, feel free to contact the task force communication line via:
- Intermediate Unit 20
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
- Task avoidance
- Rapid speech
- Lack of participation
- Failing to complete tasks
- Seeking easy tasks
- Stomach discomfort
- Rapid heart rate
- Flushing of the skin
- Muscle tension
- Sleeping problems
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: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/mental-health/mental-health-disorders/anxiety-and-anxiety-disorders-in-children-information-for-parents
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**