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    Meet four children who are learning to become strong, confident readers
  • Boosting Self-Esteem
    How to help a discouraged kid who's struggling to read
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    The role of assessment in growing strong readers
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    An inside look at reading challenges facing kids with disabilities

School counselors and reading achievement

Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skill necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all children can achieve academic success. (From The American School Counselor Association)

School counselors play a critical role in the lives of young readers — especially children who are struggling to learn.

  • Helping teachers and parents identify and evaluate a child's talents, difficulties, or special needs by observing children's play and learning activities
  • Co-teach with classroom teachers and reading specialists
  • Developing individualized education programs (IEPs) with parents, teachers, and other support staff
  • Collaborating with school administrators on school climate and school-wide needs assessments
  • Working directly with students through one-on-one counseling and peer support groups

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Put Downs & Comebacks: How to Respond to a Discouraged Kid

When children struggle in school, they can easily get discouraged. They might say or think "I'll never learn how to read" or "I'm just dumb." Discover what a child's "put downs" may mean and what "comebacks" you can say or do to encourage a child to keep trying.

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