Small group experiences enable students to express themselves more openly, without worrying about how his or her large peer group will view them. In addition, small groups can provide a safe place for students to learn skills. Once a skill has been introduced, a group experience provides students an opportunity to practice those skills. Small groups available on an as needed basis are:
- New Student Group: meets 3 times at the beginning of the year.
- Anger/Frustration Management: students learn to recognize anger and learn helpful strategies to manage the anger.
- Changing Families (divorce/separation): topics include coping with change; feelings; guilt; wishes and worries; and positive thinking.
- Friendship: students learn strategies to make and keep friends.
- Assertiveness/Self-Esteem: topics include standing up for oneself, positive self-talk, and ways to handle teasing.
If you feel your child would benefit from one of these groups, please contact me. Groups meet once a week during lunch.
In addition to these small groups, I offer lunchtime opportunities (Lunch Bunch). Lunch Bunch allows students to invite two or three friends to have lunch in a quiet setting. The students get to know one another better and make connections. If you feel your child needs help with making friends, let me know and I will schedule a lunch bunch for your child.