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How to Handle a Call from the School Counselor

How to Handle a Call from the School Counselor

In these uncertain times, children and adults alike are struggling with the lasting effects of COVID-19. Being isolated from friends and doing schoolwork from home can leave children feeling lonely, depressed or anxious. When children return to school in the fall, it’s a good idea to prepare for what may be around the bend once school begins. Some children have more trouble with transitions than others, so don’t be surprised if your child’s school counselor gives you a call to check in. 

Why Would A School Counselor Call A Parent?

When a school counselor contacts a parent, the parent may go into panic mode, wondering what type of problems their child may be having or thinking about what the child may have done to warrant the call. It’s important to keep in mind school counselors call parents for many different reasons. In these challenging times, they may be even more observant and conscientious about helping children cope with what’s happening. Whether a counselor contacts you about your child’s social development, academic concerns or personal issues, just remember they most likely have your child’s best interests in mind. 

Talking with Your Child’s School Counselor

The best thing you can do when your child’s school counselor contacts you is to listen to what they have to say. Ask questions to find out what’s happening at school (or cyber-school) that prompted the call.  The counselor may ask you if there is anything going on at home that could be affecting your child’s academic performance or behavior. They may also inquire about whether your child has spoken to you about any problems or issues they’ve encountered, both in and outside of school. Regardless of what the issue may be, if your child is struggling, the school counselor may recommend you schedule a session with a child therapist in Las Vegas. Some common reasons a counselor may suggest outside help include:

Finding Help for Your Child

Although the school counselor may provide resources for therapy, as a parent, you make the final decision about choosing your child’s therapist. Viewing it as an opportunity to help your child before any issues escalate can help you keep things in perspective. Your child may also feel more comfortable seeing a counselor outside of school for privacy reasons.  

Contacting a Child Therapist

Kayenta Therapy has provided a safe space for many independent, licensed child therapists to practice for 15 years. These therapists can help your child deal with any challenges they may be facing and help them learn effective coping skills that can make them feel happier and more secure in these uncertain times. Contact a therapist at Kayenta directly to get your child started on the road to further their success.