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Understand the expertise and responsibilities of your child’s school counselor.

School counselors make a measurable impact in every

student’s life, assisting with academic, career and personal/social
development. Professional school counselors are trained in both educating
and counseling, allowing them to function as a facilitator between
parents, teachers and the student in matters concerning the student’s
goals, abilities and any areas needing improvement. School counselors
provide services not only to students in need, but to all students.

Meet or contact your child’s school counselor at least three times per school year.

The beginning of a school year is an excellent opportunity
to initiate contact with your child’s school counselor and doing
so can ensure your child’s positive school experience. Find
out who the counselor is and what his or her experience and background
are. By communicating with one another at the beginning, middle, and
end of the school year, parents and counselors can have a definite
impact on a child’s success.

Discuss your child’s challenges and concerns with the school counselor. As a parent, you know your child best. 

However, the school counselor can help you better understand your child as a student.
It’s important to encourage your child’s expression of
needs, hopes and frustrations. School counselors are trained to help
your children.

Learn about your child’s school and social connections from the school counselor.

When you need information or assistance, your child’s school counselor can help you get in touch with the appropriate school officials; learn about school policies on behavior, attendance, and dress; know the school calendar of important dates and stay connected
with the school in many other ways. The school counselor can also help you locate resources in the community when you need them.

Work with the school counselor to identify resources and find solutions to problems.

If your child is having a problem at school, it is important to work with your child’s school counselor to find solutions. Discuss resources available within and outside of the school,
and get information on how such programs can benefit your child. Your school counselor can be a valuable partner in your child’s education and preparation for life beyond school.

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