School Social Work Services in District 202
Schiesher School's Social Worker
Mrs. Colgan, LCSW, M.Ed.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
THANK YOU, DR. ALLISON!
On September 21, Dr. Allison came to Schiesher School to present to elementary school parents on the power of Mindfulness. For more information on this incredible presentation, please go to her website drallisonanswers.com.
Dr. Allison's presentation answers the following questions:
1.) What is mindfulness?
2.) What are the benefits of mindfulness?
3.) How does it work?
4.) How can parents establish a mindfulness practice
My favorite part was hearing all the benefits of minfulness; reduces symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression, increases focus and attention, increases ability to self-sooth, increases impulse control, increases happiness, increases physical and emotional regulation, and increases calm and compassion.
(Taken from handout, The Power of Mindfulness: Why Your Child Needs to Practice It and
How You Can Teach it at Home).
SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE SOCIAL WORKER:
- Individual therapy (for all students who are being impacted academically)
- Group therapy
- Collaboration with staff
- Support to parents
- 3-part grief counseling (Please contact Mrs. Colgan if you have had a recent death in the family and you would like your child to participate in some individual counseling).
- 3-part ADHD* counseling (If your child has recently been diagnosed with ADHD and needs answers, please contact Mrs. Colgan. I meet with students 3 times to discuss their current diagnosis, what it means, and how they can succeed!
- Social/Emotional Learning in School
- Crisis intervention
- RTI (Response to Intervention) SEL (Social/Emotional Learning) This is assessed 3 times a year by the grade level and SEL team.
*ADHD or any new diagnosis that is new to the students: examples include autism, ocd, severe allergies, etc.
SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM
In district #202, we understand that learning and development occurs in all areas including socially and emotionally. There are three social/emotional learning standards (listed below) that we are responsible for developing in all children during their schooling.
Social/Emotional Learning Standards
1. Develop self-awareness & self-management skills to achieve school and life success.
2. Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships.
3. Demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts.
For the second year, Schiesher School is implementing the Second Step Program in each classroom. You can find more information online by visiting Second Step Program Information or contact your child's homeroom teacher.
PARENT'S GUIDE TO UTILIZING THE SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER
If you have any of the following concerns (please do not feel limited to the list below) about your son or daughter, you may want to reach out to your social worker.
1.) Doesn't want to come to school
2.) Struggles from test anxiety
3.) Recently diagnosed with ADHD, OCD, or something of the like
4.) Upset often about friends (more than age appropriate)
5.) Anger outbursts that are not age appropriate
6.) Makes poor decisions
7.) You notice a change in your child (eating habits, disengaged from activities he/she used to enjoy)
8.) Death in the family
9.) In need of helpful strategies to utilize at home
10.) In need of a suggestion for an outside therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, or neurologist
11.) I received a letter that my child is going to receive RTI/SEL services. What does this mean? Please contact me for more information!
Please contact Mrs. Colgan at 630-493-8173. This is a direct line and confidential. All interactions with the social worker are confidential. However, if a person has a plan to hurt someone, hurt themselves,or is being hurt, I must break confidentiality to keep them (and possibly others) safe.
Some of Mrs. Colgan's favorite books:
The Blue Day Book for Kids by Bradley Trevor Greive
Personal Space Camp by Julia Cook
What to Do When You're Scared & Worried by James J. Crist
Dinosaurs Divorce by Laurene Krasny Brown and Mark Brown
Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis
Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention by Kathleen Nadeau and Ellen Dixon
Don't Pop Your Cork on Mondays! by Adolph Moser
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud
CASEL: Success in Schools
Illinois Association of School Social Workers
School Social Work Association of America
Ups for Downs, Information on Down Syndrome
NADS-National Association of Down Syndrome
Autism Speaks-Autism Information
Domestic Violence Resource
Dr. Allison Answers
If you have questions or needs of any other resouces, please contact me. -SC
Mrs. Colgan's future speaking events:
Friday, October 23, 2015, IASSW (Illinois Association of School Social Workers) Annual Conference, Bloomington-Normal, IL Organizing your School Social Work Practice
Friday, April 22, 2016, Proviso Area for Exceptional Children (PAEC) Organizing your School Social Work Practice