APS Elementary School Counseling

Welcome! The purpose of this page is to provide information and resources to APS elementary students & families on issues related to school counseling.

School counseling at the elementary level is incredibly important in developing the necessary skills for children to be successful throughout their academic career. School counselors target the academic, social, and emotional needs of students who are in need of support in order for them to overcome barriers and feel successful. I provide services at both Michener Elementary School as well as Lincoln Elementary School and would be happy to assist with any questions/concerns. Typically, with parental/guardian consent, I work with students individually, in small groups, and provide classroom lessons. Typical services I provide are: -Anger Management -Social Skills -Friendships -Anxiety -Family Changes -Grief/loss -Conflict Resolution/Problem-Solving -Self-Control Feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns, and 'like' this page to follow along the social/emotional journey of our children! -Mr. Cole


How To Help Your Child With Anger

Have an angry child at home? Make their outbursts and explosions more manageable for them (and you) by putting these practices in place

ahaparenting.com "The truth about rage is that it only dissolves when it is really heard and understood, without reservation." - Carl Rogers


The Benefits of Family Routines Around Mealtime and Bedtime

Another helpful article on the importance of establishing routines, especially during mealtimes and bedtime, which tend to be stressful and chaotic

parenttoolkit.com Mealtime and bedtime can be stressful for many families. Read some of our suggestions for routines that will take the stress away:


How to talk about mental health with your kids

"...start with conversations about mental health, not mental illness. Mental health affects us all, no matter our age. If we have a brain, we have mental health, and that is often how we discuss it with children."

Fantastic information on how to discuss mental health and its importance with children. Start a conversation that matters!

todaysparent.com It can be difficult to talk to kids about depression, anxiety and mental illness. But starting the conversation early can give kids a healthy head start.

[01/27/18]   100+ 'likes!' Thank you all for the support and truly being invested in the mental health of our children!


Avoid Tantrums by Establishing Consistent Routines

[Mentioned from a previous post]

Why are consistent routines so important for children? Children, like us, tend to handle change best if it is expected and occurs in the context of a familiar routine. A predictable routine allows children to feel safe, secure, and to develop a sense of accomplishment in their lives

thespruce.com Children need routines to develop good habits, such as arriving at school on time or going to bed without a fuss. Routines help parents also.


8 Fun Snow Day Activities for Kids

❄️🌨Happy Snow Day, Maples!🌨❄️

Looking to have some fun today while also strengthening your parent-child relationship during this snowy & icy weather? Plan some engaging snow day activities with your children! Research states that spending quality time with children results in:

• Better grades and stronger academic skills
• Decrease in behavioral problems
• Increase in self-confidence and creativity
• Higher probability to complete good deeds
• Lower anxiety levels/stress hormones

care.com What to do with kids when there's a school snow day.Each winter, the same scenario plays out: parents go to bed with their driveways clear only to wake up the next morning to find it completely covered in snow and ice. Mother Nature's great surprise! Then comes the announcement school ...

APS Elementary School Counseling

Happy 2018! We are back into the swing of things after an extended break, which is a good time to share this information again.

Some children may struggle with getting back into the school routine; help set them up for success by ensuring they are getting the appropriate amount of sleep.

Stay tuned for some resources on the importance of establishing routines!

I hope you all had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend! An important reminder as we prepare for the beginning of the school year tomorrow - establishing routines early is important! 😴

[12/12/17]   Classroom management panel with teachers and professionals across Lenawee County. Awesome experience to be a part of and have the opportunity to share ideas about supporting our students!


7 Apps for School Counseling

Do you have a kiddo at home who tends to have strong emotions and also loves technology? Try integrating a few of these apps at home! I enjoy using these apps at both Michener and Lincoln as a way to help students identify and name feelings, practice deep breathing, and make strong emotions more manageable

counselorkeri.com Do you remember growing up in a world without smart phones and tablets? Our students today will most likely never know what it’s like to be more than one touch away from family, friends, and new ideas. Technology geared towards children sometimes gets a bad rap, but these 7... #featured #technolog...


How To Raise Thankful Kids

Today is a fantastic day to help your children understand the importance of gratitude and thankfulness.
Happy Thanksgiving, all! 🦃🍽

mothermag.com Find out how to raise thankful kids from the author of Thomas Lickona.


5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "Wonder"

Have you and your children made it to the theater to see Wonder? This article presents some thought-provoking and meaningful conversation starters to have with your kids about the different themes in the movie, such as kindness, empathy, bullying, peer pressure, and acceptance.

If you haven't had a chance to check it out, I highly recommend it - fantastic movie!

commonsensemedia.org Families can talk about everything from empathy to peer pressure and bullying. Advice from Common Sense Media editors.

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