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Counselor Corner - Kyla Salmond

With so many things on our plates from homeschooling our children, to figuring out how to keep things fun and engaging, to managing our own stress and workload, we can all get overwhelmed.  This is your corner for great information, fun activities, and support.
If you or your child needs some additional support – Please schedule a meeting with our School Counselor, Kyla Salmond. 
To sign up for a 15 minute chat, just send an email and we will get a time set up for you or your child –
Until we see one another again; play hard, work hard, and be well!


Parenting During COVID-19

Articles about how to parent right now — how to talk to our kids and help calm their fears — abound.


How to Stop Yelling at Kids Video

  • What is a social Story?  A social story is a way to put any situation into a form that your younger elementary school children can relate to.  Developmentally, they are all about imagination and fantasy, so stories are a wonderful tool.  This article assists parents in developing social stories about COVID 19 to assist children in coping and communicating about this pandemic. “Social Stories are a tool to share information about a new or frightening situation in a safe, comforting way. Initially, Social Stories were developed for people with autism in mind, but they can be helpful for any child.” ARTICLE LINK

  • Did you know that Mrs. Ott gave a webinar for the Diocese recently?  Well she did, and you can watch it.  The title is Strategies and Solutions For Helping Children With Self Control. ARTICLE LINK

       Permission To Feel by Dr. Marc Brackett

  • Marc Brackett is a professor in Yale University's Child Study Center and founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. In his 25 years as an emotion scientist, he has developed a remarkably effective plan to improve the lives of children and adults - a blueprint for understanding our emotions and using them wisely so that they help, rather than hinder, our success and well-being. The core of his approach is a legacy from his childhood, from an astute uncle who gave him permission to feel. He was the first adult who managed to see Marc, listen to him, and recognize the suffering, bullying, and abuse he'd endured. And that was the beginning of Marc's awareness that what he was going through was temporary. He wasn't alone, he wasn't stuck on a timeline, and he wasn't "wrong" to feel scared, isolated, and angry. Now, best of all, he could do something about it.  ARTICLE LINK


  • Lets face it, even though we are in the home stretch for school, we are still in the thick of the fear, isolation, and loneliness of this pandemic.  The mental health of our kids is of utmost importance.  This article offers some reminders and tips to help!  ARTICLE LINK

  • Parents, it is more important than ever for you to take care of yourself!  Child Mind Institute is a great place for support and resources.  Here is an article on Self Care in the time of the Corona Virus!  ARTICLE LINK

  • This article shares some ideas for creating an effective family routine while homebound.  As with all things, we must each find the balance that is most effective for our unique family!  Hang in there! ARTICLE LINK

  • With our children using the internet as their primary source of connection these days, it might be a good idea to chat with your children about cyber bullying, what it is, how to deal with it - and most importantly good manners for them to use while they are interacting with friends and peers online. ARTICLE LINK

  • By now hopefully we are getting the hang of working from home, but if you want some food for thought, this article might help! ARTICLE LINK

  • This article helps parents navigate teen motivation and understanding how best to support teens and young adults during this time of on-line learning and social distancing. ARTICLE LINK

  • Lynn Lyons is a leading expert in the field of child and adolescent anxiety.  This video inspires us to keep talking and connecting! I hope you love her as much as I do - Enjoy ARTICLE LINK

Help your kids learn to slow down and breath with this cool calm down jar.  It is simple to make with ingredients you have around your house.  This is a great tool for helping kids manage anxiety too!  Have fun!

How to Talk to Kids about Coronavirus

Learning about how soap fights the Corona Virus Fun soap making project to get your kids on board with hand washing

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