What Children Need For Good Mental Health
It is easy for parents to identify a child's physical needs-food, clothing, shelter, sufficient rest and physical activity, and a healthy living environment. However, a child's mental and emotional needs may not be as obvious. Good mental health allows children to think clearly, develop socially, learn new skills, build self-esteem, and develop a positive mental outlook. Attached are the basics to help foster your child's mental health.
What Do Social Workers Do?
School Social Workers are trained professionals with either a Masters or Bachelors Degree in Social Work. We are often the link between the home, school, and community to promote and support students' school success and provide services related to a student's adjustment to school and/or society.
School social workers are a part of the educational team. We work with teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, nurses, and parents. Our job is to give parents the tools and empower them to use their own skills and expertise. We help parents learn to advocate for their children.
How We Help Students, Families, and Educators
• Provide support and short-term interventions.
• Improve social skills, problem solving, and stress handling.
• Identify special needs.
• Ensure the student's culture and uniqueness are respected.
• Provide crisis intervention.
• Assist to develop positive relationships with peers and staff.
• Interview the family to assess the problems affecting the child.
• Visit homes to get clarity of the students strengths and needs.
• Guide families through the IEP and transition processes.
• Assist with communication between the home and school.
• Find resources and help families solve problems.
• Give families suggestions in using positive discipline.
• Provide direct support to staff in the classroom.
• Help teachers develop behavior strategies and plans.
• Identify factors in the child's life that affect the child's learning.