LAS currently has one counsellor, Nicole Thiessen, who is available to support students around a variety of needs. She is here three days a week.
School based counselling, in most situations, is short term counselling focused on issues that impact students. School counselling is a confidential service. Referrals may be made by parents, teachers, administrators, or by students themselves.
After three counselling sessions with a student has occured within a school year, the counsellor is required to fill out a Referral for Intervention and submit this to the division office. This referral includes signed parental consent for students 15 and under. Students over 15 may sign their own referral consent, however, it is a common practise within PSSD for counsellors to obtain parental consent when possible for these students as well.
You may reach Nicole at Nicole.thiessen@spiritsd.ca or call the school directly.
Emotional Regulation:
 
Click on the link, or type the address into your web browser to access a simple, easy-to-understand whiteboard animation to help early Elementary-aged children gain an understanding of the way their brains work to recognize and manage their emotions.  This is intended as a beginning resource to help children, parents, educators, and those who work with children to encourage mindfulness, empathy, and emotional regulation.
 
 
The Hand/Brain Model included in the video is a concept by Dr. Dan Siegel.  More information on “Flipping your Lid” and the Hand/Brain model can be found at www.drdansiegel.com.
 
 
Kids Guided Relaxation, Mindfullness and Yoga:
 
Cosmic Kids is a YouTube channel loaded with videos on fun yoga, guided relaxation clips, and mindfulness exercises for kids, designed in an easy to follow format for kids and parents to access. 
 
 
Click to watch any video, or subscribe to the channel for regularly updated content – it’s free 😉

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