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Emotional support at school

At a Glance: Who Can Provide Emotional Support at School

By Geri Coleman Tucker

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When your child is having a hard time at school, where can he turn for help? Emotional support is available for your child at school. Take a look at who can provide it.

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At a Glance: Who Can Provide Emotional Support at School

Most schools offer experts who can provide your child emotional support. Their jobs may sometimes overlap, but each brings special skills to the school setting.

Guidance Counselor
Guidance counselors provide academic counseling. This includes helping students choose classes and extracurricular activities. They also provide individual and group advice to students. Their services are available to all students.

School Psychologist
School psychologists give special tests as part of the process to determine if a child has a learning disability. But psychologists may also provide counseling. In some schools, psychologists work with students who have learning and attention issues. Other schools use psychologists more when children are in the midst of a crisis.

School Social Worker
School social workers deal with mental health issues and family issues, such as divorce, violence at home, and bullying. They often give advice to parents, teachers and administrators, as well as to students. They can also help students learn better ways to behave at school and might hold group sessions, such as a social skills group.

School Nurse
School nurses take care of children when they’re ill. They also give out medicine prescribed by doctors and teach students about healthy habits like getting enough sleep and eating breakfast. Sometimes the school nurse’s office serves as a safe place for kids who need a break or are in crisis.
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Geri Coleman Tucker

Geri Coleman Tucker is a freelance writer and editor and a former deputy managing editor for USA Today.

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Reviewed by Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D. Mar 31, 2014 Mar 31, 2014

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