This past summer, I was honored to present at ASCA is in my hometown of Atlanta. My presentation on SELF-ADVOCACY seemed to resonate with people b/c now more than ever we need to teach our students about communication and finding a way to be heard. And we need to practice those skills too in the ever-changing world of education. I hope the resources below are helpful. As always, contact me with any questions.
Looking forward to carrying on with this workshop in Hilton Head January 2024. Thanks for having me Palmetto State School Counselor Conference!
Below you will find resources for self-advocacy including: strategies for working with individuals, groups. classes and also how to advocate for ourselves as counselors/educators. Overriding theme–> kids and adults both need to learn to communicate our needs in a way that will help us be heard.
(Here is the google folder with the resources I presented. See below for details of other resources).
HELPING KIDS SELF-ADVOCATE
To start, let’s think about why kids need to be able to advocate for themselves now more than ever. First of all, our society has become a culture of outrage. (Here is a short Podcast from NPR on that subject.)
- How can kids refer themselves to see you (their counselor?)
- List of Coping Skills for Cool Down Corner
- Mindset Matters Book to Foster a Growth Mindset and the Power of Yet
- Podcast from Learning Lab: New Era of Growth Mindset
- Perception: Being able to see things from others point of view
- Whale/Elephant Directed Drawing
LESSONS FOR GROUP/CLASS LESSONS
- Lesson Asking For Help with Music Integration: Identifying Our Systems of Support
- Systems of Support Worksheet
- Girl Singing ‘Don’t Stop Don’t Give Up”
- Be Your Own Hero Book
- Be Your Own Hero Virtual Rooms (Make sure to view in slideshow mode for the hyperlinks to work)
- Egg or Bouncy Ball Resilience Lesson (PPT + extra worksheets)
- Bouncey Ball Cup Cover (Page 132 Mindset Matters)
- Communication Style Quiz
- Peer Pressure Lesson
I hope this post is helpful. I find it easier to have hyperlinks for you to refer back to in order to remember what we talk about… and what you can easily replicate in your program.
Again, let me know if you have questions. ~Lisa