Hello Northwood Families! My name is Amy Aslaner and I am the Northwood Elementary School Counselor. This is my 11th year at Northwood Elementary. My Northwood office hours are Monday mornings, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 - 4:00 pm. I will also share counseling responsibilities at Navin Elementary.
I have been involved in the counseling profession for 27 years. Prior to working for the Marysville Exempted Village School District, I was a college placement counselor at a Florida private college preparatory school. I received my bachelor's degree from Capital University and my master's degree in counselor education from the University of North Florida.
Northwood's school counseling office provides large classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling, one-on-one counseling, and parent/student/teacher consultation. Please call the Northwood main office number at 937-578-7100 if you have any questions or concerns.
I look forward to working with all of our Northwood parents and students. We are going to have an amazing 2018-19 school year!
What do elementary school counselors do?
Teach classroom guidance lessons
Facilitate short-term small group counseling
Provide immediate and short-term individual counseling
Work collaboratively with teachers and staff
Consult with parents
Provide information and/or referrals for community resources to families
Why do we need elementary school counselors?
A deliberate and comprehensive approach to teaching children social and emotional skills can raise their grades and test scores, increase enthusiasm for learning, reduce behavior problems, and enhance cognitive functioning.
Students who receive social skills instruction do better academically and socially but the reverse is not true (academic instruction does not increase social/emotional skills).
There is a strong connection between emotions and learning. Students who can recognize and manage strong emotions are better learners.
Students who attend schools with a comprehensive guidance program do significantly better on standardized tests than students who attend schools without a comprehensive guidance program.
Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skill necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, school counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all children achieve academic success.
(American School Counselor Association)
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