If you are having difficulty with a child because they are gifted, dealing with depression or anxiety, or are simply having trouble fitting in, visiting your school counselor is a great place to start. They can either help you navigate the situation or directly assist in helping the child.
In my years of experience, both parents and teachers often only notified me of the situation after things got out of hand. I believe that if I was reached out to when the symptoms were first being exhibited that I could have been of great assistance. So if you are finding yourself in this situation, keep reading to find a way to partner with your school counselor.
If you’re a teacher…
As a faculty, it is our job to look out for the wellbeing of every student on campus. Because of that shared responsibility, I like to think of us as team members! We are only able to achieve this goal if we all work together. So don’t feel like you have to take care of every student in your classroom alone.
Because school counselors aren’t in the classroom with you on a daily basis, it is often impossible for us to be aware of any issues students have unless we are notified. So please don’t hesitate to reach out if you think a student is exhibiting unusual behavior, we are here to help!
If you’re a parent…
There is no doubt about it, no one knows your child better than you do. If you start noticing a change in behavior, motivation, or overall mood, I highly encourage you call your child’s school and ask to be directed to the school counselor. By either meeting in person or having a brief conversation over the phone, we will be able to offer some kind of guidance as well as keep on eye on your child in a school setting.
If you are feeling hesitant about sitting down and talking to your child, we are always happy to help you conduct those conversations. Don’t ever feel like you are alone in the process because we are truly your partners who only want the best for your child.
I can’t tell you how often I wish I knew a parent or teacher was having a hard time with a student. Especially when it is my primary duty to ensure the mental and physical security of every student. I think the best way to summarize this whole piece is: don’t be afraid to reach out- it is what we are here for.