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Social Worker

Kelly A. Wilson, L.C.S.W.

203-385-4282

wilsonk@stratfordk12.0rg

As the School Social Worker, I work collaboratively with the School Psychologist, Guidance Department, Teachers, Administration and Community Resources to assist students.

Primary Responsibilities:

- Networking of appropriate school, home, and community services that address identified student problems

-504 Building Coordinator

-PPT/PST member

-Intra-School and Inter-School Collaboration

-Individual/Group Counseling

-Assessments related to school functioning

For Additional Support, the Following Resources below can help you find services in the community :

Info Line: 211

Mobile Crisis: 211

Stratford Community Services: 203-385-4095

Child Guidance (Stratford): 203-378-1654

(Bridgeport): 203-367-5361

DCF: (Voluntary Services): 1-800-842-2288 (call this number to initiate an application)

Current Helpful Information for students/parents:

The Following was gathered from: What Kids Need to Succeed, www.help4kids@freespirit.com

There are a variety of things parents can do to help their child(ren) succeed. Young people need to know what is expected of them and whether activities are "in bounds" or "out of bounds." The more a child has clear, consistent boundaries and high expectations, the more likely it is that he or she will grow up healthy.

One asset for teens to have that help them succeed in life are family boundaries. It is important for parents to set clear rules and consequences for their child's behavior and monitor their whereabouts.

What parents can do at home...

1. Talk to your children about boundaries. Be positive; say what you want them to do, not just what you don't want them to do. Make boundaries clear and concise-5 words or less, if possible.

2. Meet monthly to discuss boundaries. Are they fair? Do they still fit? Do they reflect your family's values and principles? Adjust them if you need to.

3. Regularly negotiate family rules with teenagers so they're developmentally appropriate-but know that even 18 year olds still need boundaries.

Young people need to develop a lifelong commitment to education and learning. The more committed a child is to learning, the more likely it is that he or she will grow up healthy.

The assets important for teens to develop a life long commitment to learning are:

School Engagement.

What parents can do at home...

1. Talk with your child about learning. Stay in touch with their school experience (i.e. ask them what they learned, what they did or did not like about school)

2. Help your child stay alert in school by ensuring they eat well and get enough sleep.

3. Provide a positive learning environment in your home (i.e. limit tv watching; have a variety of reading materials readily available; eat dinner as a family and discuss current events)

Homework:

Remember that homework is essential to reinforcing classroom instruction. It is an important part of your child's overall class grade.

What parents can do at home:

1. Work with your child to set up a regular homework schedule, then respect it. Provide a comfortable environment for your child to study without distractions. Revolve events around homework time. If homework time comes before dinner, have healthy snacks available-hungry kids have trouble concentrating.

2. Help your child to prioritize homework assignments-it's best to do the hard ones first before fatigue sets in. Help your child plan for long-term assignments.

3. Be available for your child while he/she is working on homework (you can work together, i.e. you can read, catch up on work yourself)

4. Monitor homework. Don't hover, but do check in every so often and ask "How is it going?"

Reading for Pleasure:

Do not underestimate the importance of reading. It is vital to your child's current and future success. The more your child reads, the stronger his/her reading skills will become. Skilled readers perform better on tests, read more quickly and easily, and get more out of what they read.

What parents can do at home:

1. Model reading for pleasure. Talk with your children about what you are reading, make your enthusiasm for reading obvious to them.

2. Give your child access to many types of reading material: books, newspapers, magazines. Give each other books and magazine subscriptions for holidays and birthdays.

3. Pay regular visits to the library-even if it is to have them tag along with you!

4. When a movie based on a book is released and it's something your family wants to see, read the book first and then go to the movie or rent the movie. Then talk about how they compare.

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