20 Things to Say to Help an Angry Child

20 Things You Can Say to Help an Angry Child

Heather Thomas Anger Management 0 Comments

So what do you say to an angry child? Does it matter if the child is your client, student, or your own offspring? Do you find yourself reacting differently depending on who is in emotional distress? It really shouldn’t matter, but all too often it does. I speak from experience on this one! Every once in a while, it feels like working with 1,500 other people’s kids isĀ easier than managing my own children…why is it any different? After all, I just said it shouldn’t matter…It all has to do with emotional investment. When we are overly invested emotionally, we take …

Tone of Voice Class Lesson with Taylor Swift

Tone of Voice Lesson with Taylor Swift & I Prevail

Heather Thomas Guidance Lessons 2 Comments

Tone of voice goes a LOOOONG way in communication. Unfortunately many children and teens have a hard time understanding that how you say something is just as important (if not more) than what you say. Teaching kids how to identify tone of voice and how it can be perceived by others is not easy. For years, I have explored tone of voice with my students by having them come up with different ways to say a single word or short phrase. Few of my favs: “okay” & “I’ll play with you” I introduce the word or phrase and then have …

School Counselor Welcome Back Newsletter

Open House Welcome Back Letter from the School Counselor

Heather Thomas Back-to-School 1 Comment

A “welcome back” letter to families is a great way to reach out and reconnect at the beginning of the school year. The point of my letter isn’t to provide a lot of information about the school counseling program (although I do include a copy of my counseling brochure). Rather, it is to reach out to parents and remind them that I’m available if they have any concerns. I have a handful of students that I try to see early on, but it is not practical to touch base with all of my past students within the first few weeks …