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Wendy Child

About Me

My name is Wendy Child (aka “Miss Wendy”) and I am the school counselor. I’m so excited to be part of the Beacon Heights community.  It is an amazing school with great students, a wonderful staff, and fabulous supportive parents.

A long time ago I received Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Child & Family Development and a Master’s degree in Social Work all from the University of Utah…Go Utes!  I have been an elementary school counselor with SLCSD for over 30 years.  I also received my private pilot’s license in 2012, which has nothing to do with school counseling, except for the myriad of life lessons learned in the process (anxiety and stress management, goal setting, determination, endurance, positive self-talk, dealing with bad landings, etc.). 

When I’m not counseling students at Beacon Heights, I’m likely riding my bike up one of our beautiful canyons, hiking, running, playing the piano, or hanging out with friends and family. 

My office in the main office. Come drop by and say “hello.”

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Life Skills

This year we will continue our focus on bully prevention.  Your children are being taught the “3 R’s of Bullying”:  to recognize bullying, refuse bullying, and report bullying to a teacher or staff member.  Students are learning that “bullying is unfair and one-sided.  It happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or leaving someone out on purpose.”  Please encourage your children to talk with us and with you if they witness bulling or are the target of bullying.  We want to be a Bully Free School.  

I will also be presenting classroom guidance lessons.  These will be designed for specific classroom needs, and may include topics such as bully prevention, friendship and social skills, conflict resolution, stress and/or anger management, etc.

Grump Meter

The Grump Meter is a tool I use to teach emotional regulation.  It is a ladder like meter with colors for different level of unpleasant emotions.  This visual aid was originally designed by Lynn and Janet Kaufman to help kids and family address anger and deal with it in healthy, nonviolent ways, but it can easily be adapted to address many other “big” emotions including anxiety, stress, embarrassment, sadness, and grief.  Once the color on the meter is identified, it is easier to choose strategies that can help deal with unpleasant emotions. More information about the Grump Meter can be found at www.thegrumpmeter.com

Support Groups and Individual Counseling

Throughout the year, I will conduct small groups to address the specific needs of students.  The issues may include:

Social Skills

Friendship skills  

Anger Management

Stress Management

Anxiety Issues

Family Changes

Grief and Loss

Self-Esteem

Goal Setting

Other issues as needed

Referrals

Students can be referred for counseling services at any time during the school year. Referrals are accepted by students, school faculty and parents. The length of individual sessions is based on a student's need; but, generally don't exceed 30 minutes per meeting/session.  Group counseling meetings are weekly and generally are 30-40 minutes long.  Some groups may be ongoing, while most groups are time limited.  

There is not a fee associated with any school counseling services provided.

Groups and individual meetings are not a replacement for therapy.  I will be happy to talk with you about referrals to a therapist outside the school if requested.  

 

 

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