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Why Do Primary and Elementary–Age Students Need Counseling Support?

Why Do Primary and Elementary–Age Students Need Professional Counseling Support?

Elementary school is a time when children develop attitudes concerning self, peers, social groups, school, faith, and family. In addition to academics, at Saint Paschal Baylon School teachers help their students to develop good work habits, appropriate behaviors, moral decision-making, good communication skills, and Catholic/Christian character values.

Elementary school students typically:
  • Have boundless energy
  • Have questions which help in their developing understanding of their environment
  • Seek attention and praise
  • Develop decision-making and task completion skills

At varying stages of growth and development from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, students may need counseling support or intervention for issues such as:
  • Understanding self and others
  • Peer relations, effective social skills, and conflict resolution
  • Communication, problem-solving, decision-making, and study skills
  • Coping strategies
  • Impulse Control
  • Anger Management
  • Multicultural awareness
  • Self-esteem, interpersonal concerns
  • Academic development
  • Organizational skills; work habits
  • Behavior modification
  • Family issues
  • Peer mediation
  • Increased self-esteem

As a small, supportive Catholic school,  SPBS provides parents, teachers, and counselors with optimum opportunities to create a safe and nurturing environment, in which students’ needs are met through prevention, early identification, and intervention. However, SPBS may request outside professional counseling services as needed, in order to help increase a student's self-esteem, focusing ability, social interactions, coping skills, time-management and ultimately their academic success both now and in the future.