20+ Counseling Themes in Star Wars – The Force Awakens

Heather Thomas Counseling Activities & Resources 4 Comments

Star Wars – The Force Awakens is full of counseling themes that can be utilized when helping children and teens (even adults!). Why use movies to address emotional and behavioral issues? Movies are made to connect with the audience on a personal and emotional level…at least the good ones have been. The feelings and challenges faced by the characters allow us to work through our own issues in a non-threatening environment. The general safety of the theater or our living room and the brief duration (yes, even 3-hour blockbusters) gives us a finite opportunity to experience the emotions vicariously through …

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 …

DIY: Build-a-Person for Play Therapy

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I admit it: I’m totally addicted to Pinterest! I love finding and sharing ideas with other counselors and Pinterest is the Mecca of Inspiration…well, at least it is for me when it comes to new ideas to try with my students. However, it seems that I do more pinning than actually using the ideas that I pin.   ******* Okay, back to my project… I’ve been wanting to make these Olliblocks for some time now. There are 6 different characters in each set, which mix & match very nicely! Since I need to make three sets of these blocks (one …

Teaching children manners coloring page freebie

Manners Matter: Fun Freebie to Encourage Kind Words

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During a recent group session, I heard, “Mrs. Thomas, do you know what a fox says?” immediately followed by a chorus of “ring ding ding da ding ding ding” or something to that effect… It didn’t take my kiddos long to realize that I needed to be caught up to speed. “Mrs. Thomas you need to watch the fox song on Youtube.” Ummm…ok… Honestly, I don’t get it. Maybe it’s a generational thing…However, given the way my students lit up just by the mention of the song I felt that I might be able to use their delight in the …


A School Counselor Friendship Lunch Bunch Linky Party

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The ever inspiring Tabitha, from Scrapbook of a School Counselor, has put together a lunch bunch linky party so we can check out what each other is doing (and hopefully grab an idea or two!) A lunch bunch may look different for different counselors, but basically a lunch bunch is a group of students who meet with the school counselor/social worker during lunch time with a specific goal in mind. Goals vary from group to group…one lunch bunch may be a one-time “meet and greet” for new or transitioning students or a 12-week social skills group. Long story short, lunch …

Comprehensive Social Skills Checklist

Response to Intervention: The Ultimate Social Skills Checklist

Heather Thomas Program Management 3 Comments

I have learned (the hard way) that not all social skill deficits are one & the same. In an effort to save time, I tried to have grade level social skills groups. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but once my groups got underway it became pretty clear that the children in my groups had very different skill sets. There I was, trying to save time by teaching all of my students social skills at the same time. While struggling to meet the needs of my students and keep them engaged, I had to ask myself, “Was …