How do LSSPs make a difference in the schools?

All children and adolescents face problems from time to time. They may:

  • Feel afraid to go to school
  • Have difficulty organizing their time efficiently
  • Fall behind in their school work
  • Lack self-discipline
  • Worry about family matters such as divorce and death
  • Feel depressed or anxious
  • Experiment with drugs and alcohol
  • Think about suicide
  • Question their aptitudes and abilities
LSSPs help children, parents, teachers, and members of the community understand and resolve these concerns. The following are examples of how LSSPs can make a difference.
Helping Students Cope With Family and Life Stressors
The teacher noticed that Carla, an able student, had stopped participating in class discussions and had difficulty paying attention. The LSSP was asked to explore why Carla's behavior had changed so much. After discovering that Carla's parents were divorcing, the LSSP provided counseling for Carla and gave her parents suggestions for this difficult time. Carla's behavior and emotional wellbeing improved, and she felt more secure about her relationship with her parents.
Helping Students With Behavior Problems Learn New Ways to Respond
David was a school student who often skipped class and got into fights with others. He acted out in class and had been suspended from school on various occasions. After establishing a relationship with David, the LSSP taught him simple techniques to relax, recognize his needs, and to control his aggressive behavior. David's mother and his teacher worked together on a plan designed by both the LSSP and his classroom teacher to establish limits, recognize David's escalating tension, and improve communication. David's relationships with peers and adults improved and he began to make steady educational progress .
Please do not hesitate to contact me!
Valerie Segura, M.A., LSSP
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
Rm. 173
Phone: 210-444-8400, Ext. 4262